LOS ANGELES—As world leaders kicked off United Nations climate talks in Paris this week, Mayor Eric Garcetti released the “Los Angeles Climate Action Report,” which shows that L.A. has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 20%. The report also details how Los Angeles is nearly halfway to the 2025 emissions reduction target established in the Mayor’s Sustainable City pLAn.
The report updates the City’s 1990 baseline emissions inventory and includes new 2013 emissions data calculated based on the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories (GPC) methodology, which was released in 2014. Los Angeles is among the first cities in the world to use the GPC, an internationally recognized GHG accounting and reporting standard for cities.
In September, when the Mayor hosted the U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit, he announced that these updates would be released in time for the U.N. climate talks. The information provided in the report includes:
● An update of L.A.’s 1990 baseline inventory data utilizing GPC standards;
● A summary of the 2013 community-wide emissions inventory, the first inventory data to be published for the City in a decade;
● And evidence that L.A.’s emissions are 20% below 1990 levels, and nearly halfway to meeting the pLAn’s 2025 target to reduce GHG by 45%
“We are transforming our City day-by-day,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “L.A.’s electrical grid is moving toward becoming coal-free by 2025. We are getting closer to having the largest EV fleet of any city in the U.S. We are providing residents with more opportunities to go solar and drive electric — or not drive at all. And now, through the release of this data, L.A. is improving the ways we calculate and report our climate emissions data, and helping other cities do the same.”
This report delivers on Mayor Garcetti’s commitment to consistent and standardized inventories, as laid out in the Sustainable City pLAn, the Mayor’s National Climate Agenda — co-founded by Mayor Garcetti — and the Compact of Mayors.
“As Mayors it is our mandate to create more livable cities, but it is our calling to build a more livable world, said Mayor Garcetti. "Given that cities are responsible for up to 70% of all greenhouse gases, Mayors must lead the way on climate action."
“The City of Los Angeles is committed to fighting climate change, and this report affirms the progress they are making, including the establishment of bold clean energy targets and the 2025 retirement of the Intermountain Power Project coal plant," said Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club. "We applaud Mayor Garcetti's leadership, his Sustainable City pLAn, and his commitment to transparently demonstrating progress along the way."
Mayor Garcetti co-founded the Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA) with Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. In August, Mayors Garcetti, Nutter and Parker launched the #ClimateMayors campaign (ClimateMayors.tumblr.com) to help President Obama reach the strongest possible agreement in Paris. MNCAA is a mayor-to-mayor initiative created to help build political will, create a forum for cities to share best practices and lessons learned in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, standardize and align approaches to measuring and reporting emissions, and explore offset protocols as a tool for cities to both improve their communities and lower emissions
At the international level, Mayor Garcetti in 2015 joined the Compact of Mayors, a global cooperative effort of over 400 mayors and city officials committed to reducing local greenhouse gas emissions, enhancing resilience to climate change, and tracking progress transparently. The Compact of Mayors was launched at the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and his Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael R. Bloomberg, and the world’s global city networks – C40, ICLEI and UCLG.
Mayor Garcetti also hosted the first U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit in September 2015, a landmark meeting between American and Chinese officials that led to the “U.S.-China Climate Leaders Declaration,” which reinforced that cities in the world’s two largest emitting countries are committed to lead in fighting climate change.
Mayor Garcetti’s Sustainable City pLAn (plan.lamayor.org) established near and long-term outcomes that reduce greenhouse gas emissions across buildings, water, waste, and transport, while improving communities and the economy.
Mayor Garcetti also served as a member of President Obama's Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, and is currently a member of the C40 Steering Committee, representing one of two seats for North America on the 13-member body.