PHOENIX — Phoenix is ahead of schedule in its effort to reduce greenhouse
gas emissions from city operations.
Officials with the Public Works Department pointed to a recent report by Arizona
State University that showed the city has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by
more than 7 percent.
In 2008, the City Council adopted a goal to reduce emissions to 5 percent
below 2005 levels by 2015. In 2005, emissions totaled more than 678,000 metric
tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
Mayor Greg Stanton said he’s excited that the city may be able to double or
triple emissions reductions by 2015.
City officials said the reductions have come thanks to advanced methane capture
systems at city-owned landfills, alternative fuels, energy-efficient
streetlights and traffic signals and various city solar power projects.