In 2018, Metropolitan's board directed staff to develop our first-ever Climate Action Plan, which will be used to offset greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from current and future projects.
Last month, CAP Project Manager,
updated the board on project's initial phase - which included a GHG emissions inventory and a forecast of future emissions. Here's what Metropolitan's 2017 emissions looked like:
- 86% from electricity
- 5% from construction activities
- 4% from combustion
- 5% from other activities
The advantage of having a CAP is that Metropolitan can take credit for reductions from existing activities such as our conservation and local resource programs, ridesharing and clean energy projects, such as solar facilities that reduce reliance on higher GHG emitting power.
“The success of the CAP is due to the Working Group, a group of hard-working experts from WRM, WSO, Engineering, Environmental Planning, Administrative Services and External Affairs," says
. "They are making this a team effort to focus on what we all see as a vitally important project.”
Staff believe Metropolitan is well situated to meet the state's GHG reduction goals of 40% by 2030. The board will consider an emissions reduction target in early 2020.