Climate change mitigation: reducing greenhouse gas emissions
In 1989, Minneapolis began developing comprehensive plans to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
- 2012: Using 2006 as a baseline, Minneapolis set goals to reduce GHG emissions 15% by 2015 and 30% by 2025. Minneapolis reports greenhouse gas emissions every year to show progress toward its goal.
- 2013: The Minneapolis City Council adopted the Minneapolis Climate Action Plan The Plan reduces GHG from buildings, energy, transportation, land use, waste and recycling.
- 2014: Minneapolis was named a Climate Action Champion by the White House and U.S. Department of Energy. Minneapolis, Xcel Energy, and CenterPoint Energy formed the nation's first Minneapolis Clean Energy Partnership. The Climate Action Plan added a GHG reduction goal of 80% by 2050.
- 2015: Mayor Betsy Hodges signed the Compact of Mayors. The agreement reduces GHG emissions and prepares for climate change impacts. Minneapolis joined 16 cities across nine nations in the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance.
- 2016: The Minneapolis Clean Energy Partnership released its first annual report . The reports describes the Partnership structure, activities, and a two-year work plan . It also includes GHG emissions from buildings and energy and identifies savings opportunities.
- 2017: The second annual report includes energy conservation projects, total energy consumption, and renewable energy consumption. The report tracks progress toward the Minneapolis Clean Energy Partnership 2017-2018 Work Plan goals.