Cleveland, a metropolitan center known more for its urban struggles than its progressive energy policies, has joined the ranks of American cities that have fully embraced clean power. In its updated Climate Action Plan released this fall, Ohio’s second largest city set a goal of powering up on 100 percent renewables by the year 2050.
The city’s primary goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the plan retains the same thresholds from its previous iteration. The 2013 Climate Action Plan aimed to reduce emissions to 80 percent below 2010 levels by 2050, with interim goals of 16 percent reduction by 2020 and 40 percent reduction by 2030.
The city has a long way to go to reach those laudable goals. According to its own data, the city’s carbon footprint has been reduced from 12.8 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent (MTCO2e) in 2010 to 12.5 million in 2016, only a 2 percent decrease.
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