Denver Aims To Slash Greenhouse Gas Emissions 80 Percent

<p>Downtown Denver, looking west. </p>
Photo: Denver Skyline (iStock)
Downtown Denver, looking west.

The city's Climate Action Plan goals were published in conjunction with the Sustainable Denver Summit Thursday at the University of Denver.

As more people move to the Denver area, population growth is expected to increase energy demand. That’s why the city says more programs are needed to boost energy efficiency. There are a lot of older buildings that could be retrofitted. There’s also room for improvement with residential homes.

The city of wants to engage a broad group of stakeholders to accomplish this goal. The plan sets a long term greenhouse gas reduction goal of 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050. The 40-page climate action plan also identified transportation as another source of greenhouse gas emissions across the city.

The city’s Climate Action Plan was last updated in 2013.