Climate Action and Adaptation Plan

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WHAT IS A CLIMATE ACTION AND ADAPTATION PLAN?

A Climate Action and Adaptation Plan provides evidenced-based measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and preventative measures to address the negative outcomes of climate change. The plan will demonstrate how the City will adapt and improve its resilience to climate hazards that impact the city today as well as risks that may increase in the coming years.

In order to comply with the Paris Agreement, the plan will follow science-based criteria that will cap the temperature increase associated with climate change to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Scientists believe that preventing global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius will avert the worst consequences of climate change. This plan will create ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and establish a pathway to meet the Paris Agreement goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

WHY MAKE A CLIMATE ACTION AND ADAPTATION PLAN? 

After three 500-year floods in as many years culminating with the largest rain event in North American history, climate change is an unprecedented challenge for Houston. Sustainability and resiliency go hand-in-hand and this plan is essential to the health and economic vitality of Houston’s future. The time for bold action is now.

Developing a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan allows the City to develop strategies that will not only help minimize the City’s carbon footprint but can help save money and improve the quality of life of residents. Co-benefits associated with climate action planning include decreased traffic and congestion, improved air quality, better access to parks and green spaces, and cost savings through energy efficiency projects.

WHO ARE OUR PARTNERS? 

As experts in the field who are familiar with the Houston area, HARC will provide the technical expertise and run the models to develop the most effective climate mitigation measures. Funding for the development of the plan has been provided by CenterPoint Energy and the Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation. Shell is providing support via Harvey recovery and resiliency planning efforts. C40 is a strategic partner aiding in the development of the city’s greenhouse gas inventory and ensuring compliance with the Paris Agreement.

Interested in partnering with the City? Please email greenhouston@houstontx.gov

WHAT IS THE TIMELINE?

We expect the full Climate Action Plan to be released by the end of 2019.

Climate Action Plan Timeline

WHAT ARE HOUSTON’S SOURCES OF GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS? 

Globe GraphicIn 2014 Houston emitted 33.4 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). Houston’s biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions are transportation (48%), commercial buildings (29%) and residential buildings (16%). Other sources of emissions include manufacturing, waste, and fugitive emissions.

Overall, Houston’s greenhouse gas emissions have decreased since 2007, primarily due to increases in residential energy efficiency and more renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power being built.

However, since 2007 emissions associated with transportation have increased.

Climate Action Plan Comparisons

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED? 

During this process we will seek input from stakeholders and citizens. We will be posting information on stakeholder meetings and outreach events on our “Events” tab.