Eugene's Climate Journey
Eugene’s Climate Journey spans decades and includes a long legacy of clean electricity and conservation, transit and active transportation investments, and a culture that values preserving the community’s rich natural environment. This legacy of community leadership provides a strong foundation for the difficult work ahead as we work together to meet our community climate goals.
Reaching the Climate Recovery Ordinance 2030 local emissions goal will require a 790,000 MTCO2e reduction. It’s going to take action from multiple sources to meet those goals.
City of Eugene Actions
The City of Eugene formally began its Climate Journey about a decade ago, with the completion of its first internal and community climate plans. The CAP2.0 marks another milestone and reflects a continued commitment to create a community that will create a sustainable future for people who live here both now and in the future. Moving forward the City will continue to lead by example, implementing its Internal Climate Action Plan and also working with community partners to implement projects with community-wide impact.
Eugene Climate Collaborative Actions
Through the work of the CAP2.0 process the community has learned that the last ten years have been successful in that the distance to our destination, achieving the CRO goals, is getting shorter. Over the next 5-10 years, the ECC partners will implement actions that are forecasted to help the community move 40 percent of the way towards our goals. The City and other community actors continue to look for additional actions. That work is highlighted in Appendix 6. In addition, the ECC partners will continue to work together to identify steps to make the community more resilient to the impacts of climate change.
State and Federal Actions
The community will need support from the state and federal and government and from other international actors. From putting a price on carbon, to fuel economy standards, to implementing the United Nations Paris Agreement on climate change, some of the most impactful actions can be taken at these levels of government.
The City of Eugene completed Internal Climate Action Plans for the two primary ghg sources: the building facilities the City owns and operates and the fleet of cars and trucks associated with City activities, with an emphasis on the Fire Department fleet. The internal plans included strategies such as improved weatherization and HVAC systems in facilities, use of hybrid or electric vehicles when possible, and renewable diesel for heavy machinery. While the City’s emissions account for less than 1% of overall emissions, the City is committed to doing its part to help the community reach its goals.
The ECC partner actions over the next 5-10 years account for 40% of the reductions needed to meet the CRO goals. Sharing these actions has already inspired ECC partners to look for additional ways to further reduce their emissions and fossil fuel use. The ECC will continue meeting to share ideas and find other ways of collaborating to reduce emissions.
Action at state and federal levels have a significant impact on emissions at the local level. The 2019 Oregon State Legislature passed bills related to climate action such as increased housing density and increased adoption of electric vehicles.
Federal actions like pulling out of The United Nations Paris Agreement on climate change and rolling back the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards will have significant impacts, likely leading to increased emissions.