Climate Action Goals

City Goal: Carbon Neutral Operations

The Climate Recovery Ordinance sets a goal for the City of Eugene operations to be carbon neutral by 2020. Carbon neutral means that there is no net release of CO2. The city will use a variety of tools to reach this goal including: investments in hybrid vehicles and biofuels, energy efficient heating and lighting and higher energy performance standards for new buildings like City Hall. This commitment guides our efforts in taking meaningful action on climate change.

COE Internal Climate Action Plan (ICAP)



Community Goal: Reduce Fossil Fuel Use

Our goals is to cut in half community fossil fuel use by 2030. We’re already on a path to reach this goal – natural gas consumption is down 12% since 2006 and gas and diesel use is down 17% during that same period. 

Community GHG Trends chart

350 by 2100


Our climate action goals, like those of many cities, focus on reducing carbon pollution relative to historic levels. These goals are important but the best science is now telling us that these aren’t enough, and that we need to reduce carbon pollution to at or below 350 parts per million in the atmosphere.
The 2016 updated Climate Recovery Ordinance, sets a goal to have Eugene's emission levels at a 350 ppm level by 2100.

Eugene 350 Carbon Budget Whitepaper