Greenhouse gas emissions

You can read the City has greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals and the progress made.

Modeling results

City of Minneapolis target goal

In 2014, Minneapolis set a goal to reduce 80% of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.


  • We studied more than 70 emission-reduction technologies with Siemen's "City Performance Tool" (CyPT).
  • We then modeled our Climate Action Plan priorities of buildings, transportation and energy.


  • These models identify potential benefits of the City’s reduction goals.
  • Results also include particulate matter (PM), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and job creation.
  • In 2016, the Health, Environment & Community Engagement Committee filed the results.  View the results.

Other agencies

Other Minnesota agencies have adopted similar greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals.

Greenhouse gas emissions tracking


The City of Minneapolis committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Using 2006 data, our goals are to reduce GHGs by:
  • 15% by 2015
  • 30% by 2025
  • 80% by 2050


  • Minneapolis GHG emissions have decreased 19% since 2006. Note: This exceeded the 2015 goal of 15% reduction.
  • From 2018 to 2019, total GHG emissions decreased 1.8%.
  • Electricity and natural gas reduced emissions while transportation, solid waste, and wastewater increased.

Read the full 2020 GHG Emissions Inventory

  • A Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Protocol: It provides a baseline and protocol to measure results is an important part of this initiative. We updated the method for community greenhouse gas emissions for the 2015 inventory. We will post another update protocol soon.
  • Municipal emissions: The City also tracks GHG emissions from its municipal operations.

Past inventory updates

Greenhouse gas emissions inventory updates have been complied since 2013.  

Most recent updates:

For prior year updates, please contact the Sustainability at the City of Minneapolis

Climate change mitigation: reducing greenhouse gas emissions


In 1989, Minneapolis began developing comprehensive plans to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.


Contact us

Minneapolis Sustainability


Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave S., Room 520
Minneapolis, MN 55415