Houston has created a Climate Action Plan. This is what it means for transportation, energy and building.


HOUSTON – Houston officially announced the city’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) on Wednesday, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

According to the news release, the plan is a “science-based, community-driven strategy for the City of Houston to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, meet the Paris Agreement goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, and lead a global energy transition.”

According to the release, the CAP is focused on reducing emissions in the four areas that generate the most of the region’s greenhouse emissions: Transportation, energy transition, materials management and building optimization.

Each area has goals and targets that are meant to help the city reach its objective.


The city hopes to do three things:

  • To completely convert non-emergency vehicles and the light-duty municipal fleet electric and low-emissions vehicles by 2030.
  • To reduce vehicle miles traveled per capita by 20% by 2050.
  • To provide equitable, safe mobility choices and eliminate traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries by 2030 and to have 500 miles of “high-comfort” bike lanes by 2025.

Energy transition

The goals are:

  • To grow Houston’s investment in renewable and resilient energy and attain 5 million MWh of power production per year via solar sources by 2050.
  • To make Houston the leader in carbon capture technology and energy innovation by attracting or incubating 50 Energy 2.0 companies in the greater Houston area by 2025.
  • To restore, protect and enhance Houston’s natural ability to capture and store carbon by planting 4.6 million new native trees by 2030.

Materials Management

The plan lays out three goals:

  • To reduce waste and transform the circular economy. The city aims to reduce 50% of residential waste by 2040.
  • To optimize waste operations and create power from waste along with converting the municipal solid-waste fleet to low-emission vehicles by 2030.
  • To ensure a safe, long-term and cost-effective disposal capacity and adopt the Long Range Solid Waste Plan this year.

Building optimization

The city wants:

  • To reduce building energy and maximize savings by adopting the 2021 ICC building code and implementing is by 2025 with a minimum 5-year update.
  • To expand investment in energy efficiency by doubling the current number of PACE projects by 2025.
  • To invest in skilled local jobs to optimize building operations and have 70% of non-residential buildings operated by a trained building operator by 2030.

For more information about the CAP, visit Greenhoustontx.gov.

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