By the end of Phase I in 2015, locally generated GHG emissions are projected to be reduced by 165,820 MtCO2e from business as usual, to a level 10% below the 2005 base-year.
Achieving the CAP’s overall 2020 goal will require Phase II emissions reductions that go significantly beyond Phase I levels. The Phase I actions will continue to reduce emissions during Phase II, and additional actions will be implemented to accelerate emissions reductions during this second Phase of the CAP. The Phase II reduction target is to further reduce emissions by an additional 15% or by 143,935 MtCO2e per year to achieve the overall CAP goal of reducing emissions to 385,749 MtCO2e, which is 25% below baseline levels and 44.5% below BAU projections for 2020.
The CAP represents the City’s best attempt to create an organized, community-wide response to the threat of climate change. The field of climate action planning is rapidly evolving. Over the next decade, new information about climate change science and risk is likely to emerge, new GHG reduction technologies and infrastructure will be developed, innovative municipal strategies will be identified, and State and federal legislation are likely to advance. In order to remain relevant and to be as effective as possible the CAP must evolve over time.
At the end of Phase I, the CAP will be reviewed and, if necessary, amended to include new actions to ensure the City meets its 2020 GHG reduction goal. The review will also consider advancements in climate science, new opportunities for GHG emissions reduction, and changes in climate policy. This chapter describes actions to be implemented in Phase II, but the list of actions to be implemented in Phase II may be revised in 2015 in response to:
- The results of the second comprehensive GHG Inventory;
- Reviewing the performance of Phase I actions;
- Changes to local circumstances surrounding emissions-generation;
- Updated reduction estimates for external and local actions.
- Any additional unanticipated local and external actions.