Climate Action Plan 2.0 Dashboard

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The CAP2.0 Dashboard is a progress tool developed by the City of Eugene and the Eugene Climate Collaborative Partners to measure annual progress on the Climate Action Plan 2.0 (CAP2.0), especially between bi-annual greenhouse gas inventories.  The most recent CAP2.0 Dashboard update was completed in 2021. Some 2020 data is unavailable due to the impacts of COVID-19.

The CAP2.0 was developed to meet the goals outlined in the Climate Recovery Ordinance (CRO). The CRO contains four goals – two that are community-facing, and two that are City of Eugene organization-facing. These goals amount to fossil fuel use reductions as well as annual greenhouse gas reductions. The CAP2.0 was created to meet these goals and to create a more resilient community. By reducing metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e), the City of Eugene and the surrounding community can reduce fossil fuel use and build community adaptive capacity.

The Dashboard

  1. Transportation
  2. Building Energy
  3. Fugitive emissions
  4. Resiliency

CAP Infographics Transportation Horizontal


Gas and Diesel Usage

One way that individuals impact the carbon emissions of our community is by driving vehicles that run on fossil fuels. Gas and diesel accounted for more than 50% of Eugene’s total fossil fuel use in 2019.  In the last 10 years, there has been a slight decrease (0.08%) in total diesel and gas sales in Eugene (we use gas sales as a proxy for gas usage). The decrease was larger (1.0%) on a per-capita basis.  That decrease is driven primarily by a sharp decline in 2020. Prior to 2020, the average change in total usage increased by roughly 0.2% a year since 2010, and even accounting for population growth, the change in per capita gas usage only decreased by 0.3% since 2011.


Figure 1.

Gas and diesel usage


Source: Oregon Department of Transportation 

Related goals: Eugene’s Climate Recovery Ordinance calls for a 50% reduction of fossil fuels by 2030 compared to 2010.  


Related CAP2.0 Actions:   Almost all actions in the CAP2.0 support achieving this goal.  

 

Eugene Journey to Work Survey, 2014 and 2020

There have been two recent surveys of Eugeneans’ transportation choices conducted in 2014 and again in January of 2020 (pre-pandemic), each with a sample size of about 500 respondents. In general, a greater percentage of people are driving by themselves on a regular basis, and a smaller percentage are regularly using other modes, with the highest drop in carpooling.  The decrease in bike ridership occurred despite substantial city investments in bike infrastructure.

The graph below shows the percent of respondents who used a particular transportation method regularly (at least several times a month) in 2014 and 2020. Respondents could choose multiple methods, so percentages add up to more than 100 percent. More data is needed to better understand these trends over time.


Figure 2.

Graph showing the results of a Transportation Mode Survey in 2014 and 2020.


Source: City of Eugene Journey to Work Mode Share from Travel Barriers and Benefits Survey, 2014 and 2020

Related goal: Eugene’s Transportation System Plan includes a goal to triple the percentage of trips made either on foot, by bicycle or by transit by 2035 (from 2014 levels). 

 

Related CAP2.0 Actions:

All actions in Chapter 5 of the CAP2.0 under the Transportation section, especially the following four actions.

  • Action T1 COE to build and complete 261 transportation projects that enhance bicycle, pedestrian, and rail facilities in Eugene included in the TSP. See page 32 for a summary of the types of projects included and the TSP for a detailed list of projects.
  • Action T2 COE to work towards requiring all employers of a certain size and type, including COE, to prepare, implement and monitor Transportation Options Plans, plans that help people use the infrastructure in place for transit, ridesharing, walking, biking, and telework. This action is funded in part by ODOT and is expected to be completed by 2022.
  • Action T3 COE to provide education and encourage programs, such as SmartTrips and school-based transportation options (like Safe Routes to School), to improve safety for all travelers and encourage the use of active transportation and telecommuting.
  • Action T4 COE to develop a systemic method for measuring trips made by walking, biking, and driving by 2022.


Bus Ridership

The decrease in bus ridership noted in the Journey to Work survey is also seen in data from the regional bus service (Lane Transit District, LTD). They report slightly decreasing (-1.6%/year) ridership until 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic dramatically decreased bus ridership all over the world.  The data below shows the number of boardings onto LTD buses from 2010 to 2020.


Figure 3.

Graph displaying LTD ridership over time


Source: LTD Ridership data

Related goals:  Eugene’s Transportation System Plan includes a goal to triple the percentage of trips made either on foot, by bicycle or by transit by 2035 (from 2014 levels).


Related CAP2.0 Actions:

  • Action T5 COE and LTD to complete the Moving Ahead planning process to identify investment packages and move on to the implementation phase for improved transportation corridors. The planning process is expected to be completed in 2020. Once the planning process is complete, the investments recommended will be implemented by securing federal, state, and local funding, especially looking at the capital investment grant (CIG) program within FTA.
  • Action T31 LTD will continue to support commuting options with low-income, student, and group transit passes to increase transit accessibility across all income levels.
  • Action T32 LTD to offer programs that make taking transit more convenient like touch pass, Transportation Options, transit host program, and Mobility on Demand.
  • Action T33 LTD is completing the Transit Tomorrow planning project to evaluate how it can increase the frequency of service and ridership on transit. The goal of the project was to find ways to better serve riders throughout the community, with a focus on increasing frequency, so more people would have access to 15-minute service. The planning process was expected to be completed in 2020 but is on pause due to constraints on community engagement and budget changes resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic.


Electric Vehicles

The emissions from electric vehicles are significantly lower than vehicles that use an internal combustion engine.  Most of Eugene is powered by electricity from Eugene's Water and Electric Board (EWEB).  This utility serves almost all of Eugene’s electrical needs.  EWEB buys most of its power from the Bonneville Power Authority which operates the federally owned dams as well as a few nuclear power plants in the region and also has several other sources including additional hydropower, wind farms, solar, and biomass.   EWEB delivers power that is almost 80 percent carbon-free and 90 percent renewable.  

The number of electric vehicles on Eugene’s streets continues to grow, increasing from 403 in 2017 (the first year that records are available) to a total of 1,734 in 2020. An electric vehicle charging rebate was instituted in 2019 and issued 27 residential rebates in its first year and 103 residential and four commercial rebates in 2020.


Figure 4. 

Graph showing electric vehicles registered within the EWEB service boundary from 2017 to 2020.


Source: Oregon Electric Vehicle Dashboard

Related Goal: The CAP2.0 modeling included 15,000 EVs in Eugene by 2030.  


Related City policies and CAP2.0 Actions:

CAP2.0 Actions T20-T27 summarize Eugene’s Electric Vehicle Strategy.  Since publishing the CAP2.0, the City has developed a broader electric mobility initiative which can be found here

  • Action T36 EWEB will focus on an evolution of targeted market transformation programs and efforts to increase EVs in the community, including dealership engagements and incentives, education campaigns, and ride and drive events. Funding for this action primarily comes from the Clean Fuels Program, which sunsets in 2025.
  •  Action T37 EWEB to incentivize commercial and residential charging infrastructure and to support regional efforts to expand available charging network, including EWEB-owned stations at its properties. Funding for this action primarily comes from the Oregon Clean Fuels Program, which sunsets in 2025.
  • Action T38 EWEB to explore ways to increase EV use in underserved populations through efforts and programs including partnerships with key agencies, grants, culturally appropriate outreach and education, and non-ownership models like multi-family car sharing. Funding for this action primarily comes from the Clean Fuels Program, which sunsets in 2025.
  • Action B9 EWEB to complete an Electrification Impact Study in 2020-2021. The study will explore the impacts of widespread electrification on our community. In this study, EWEB will hypothesize various electrification scenarios and assess potential impacts to power supply, demand, local infrastructure, and community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Where are we on road to climate recovery?

  1. CRO Thermometer
  2. The Map

This graph demonstrates the annual emissions reduction targets set out in the Climate Recovery Ordinance (CRO). This ordinance defines a goal for the year 2100 requiring a 7.6% annual reduction in CO2 equivalent.  CAP2.0 GHG Target to 2100, 2019 update