Lean, Mean and Green: Denver’s 80×50 Climate Action Plan

by Law Week Contributor

BY: Ashley Wald

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced last month the release of the City of Denver’s 80×50 Climate Action Plan. The 80×50 Plan gets its name from the city’s stated goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent of 2005 levels by the year 2050, setting impressive targets for:

• reducing greenhouse gas emission (30 percent reduction by 2025, which is even more aggressive than the Paris climate accord standards);

• making new buildings net-zero by 2035;

• increasing the number of electric vehicles to 30 percent by 2030; and

• achieving 100 percent renewable electricity by municipal facilities in 2025 and communitywide by 2030.

The 80×50 Plan will target the three sectors most responsible for greenhouse gas emissions in Denver: electricity generation, buildings, and transportation, according to a July article published in 5280.

The 80×50 Plan was developed by the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment based on feedback received from residents across Denver in 2017 to the City and County of Denver’s 80×50 Climate Goal: Stakeholder Report.

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