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On Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, the Iowa City City Council unanimously passed a resolution that increased the City's goals for reducing carbon emissions within the City.

The resolution, which declared a climate crisis for the City, matched the latest goals from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which are to reduce carbon emissions by 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, and reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The resolution called for "immediate and accelerated action" to decrease emissions community-wide.

Led by the City Manager's Office and Sustainability Services, City staff will make a report within 100 days of the resolution passing detailing specific methods for reaching the new emissions reduction goals. This 100 day report will define specific actions that will directly build from the community-developed Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. City Council will then work with the City Manager's Office to craft a city budget that will reflect those goals.

The original Plan, approved by City Council in September 2018, aligned with Paris Agreement goals for carbon emissions reduction: 25-28% from 2005 levels by 2025 and 80% by 2050. In October of 2018, the IPCC issued a new report on the need to drastically reduce emissions well before 2050 and encouraged cities around the world to take action.

To achieve these new emissions standards, the City will continue to work with residents, businesses, local municipalities, energy utilities, education institutions, as well as other local, regional, and state governments to quickly reduce emissions from fossil fuels like gasoline, diesel, refrigerants, and other sources.

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Date of publication

Friday, August 09, 2019