Houston has one of the highest per capita greenhouse gas emissions in the country, largely due to high emissions from transportation.
In 2014 Houston emitted 34.3 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). Houston’s biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions are transportation (47%) and commercial and residential buildings (49%). Other sources of emissions include manufacturing, waste, and fugitive emissions (4%).
Overall, Houston’s greenhouse gas emissions have decreased since 2007, primarily due to increases in residential energy efficiency and more renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power being built. However, since 2007 emissions associated with transportation have increased. (For more information and to see how Houston compares to other cities, visit: https://www.c40.org/other/gpc-dashboard.)
The City of Houston wishes to engage more citizens and entrepreneurs in developing and scaling solutions to Houston's climate challenges.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
Stakeholder and citizen engagement are an important part of solving Houston's climate challenges.
The City seeks solutions towards the following goals, which guide the strategies and actions that the City and community can take to reduce our GHG emissions and help prepare for a changing climate:
- Shift regional fleet to electric vehicles (EV) and alternative renewable fuels.
- Reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) per capita.
- Provide equitable mobility.
- Increase local solar generation and storage.
- Increase renewable energy generated outside the city limits.
- Invest in green infrastructure and carbon capture technology to offset emissions.
- Reduce building energy use and maximize savings.
- Expand investment in energy efficiency.
- Optimize building operations through investing in skilled local jobs.
- Improve public awareness of sustainable material consumption and disposal choices.
- Reduce tonnage of landfilled waste.
- Protect public health and the environment through optimized waste operations/management.
In addition to having a more-stable climate, implementation of certain Climate Action Plan (CAP) activities may also produce the following co-benefits: • Economy/Innovation • Affordability • Accessibility • Cost-Savings • Health and Well-being • Community Resilience • Environmental Quality • Workforce Development