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.