Municipal Carbon Footprint
The Board of Supervisors and the Mayor of San Francisco have committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from 1990 levels by 20% by 2012, 25%by 2017, 40% by 2025 and 80% by 2050. To help achieve this, City government has committed to reducing municipal GHG emissions from a 2005 baseline using these milestones.
In 2005, the City began voluntarily reporting municipal GHG emissions to the California Climate Action Registry (CCAR) using the General Reporting Protocol. Annual municipal GHG emissions were submitted to CCAR for calendar years 2005 through 2008. In 2008, the Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance requiring each department to track their carbon footprints individually in order to produce an annual Climate Action Plan. These plans are called Departmental Climate Action Plans (DepCAPs). To read more about the DepCAP program, click here.
In 2012, registered GHG emissions verifier ICF International completed third party verification of the City’s fiscal year 2009-2010 municipal GHG inventory. The charts and tables below show this inventory totaling 211,533 metric tons of CO2 emissions by source and by department. If you are having trouble viewing the charts below, or would like to see the source data, click here.
Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Municipal GHG Inventory by Source
Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Municipal GHG Inventory by Department
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