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Carbon & Climate Leadership

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As a proactive leader on climate issues, we strengthen L.A.’s economy by dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions and inspiring other cities to follow our lead.

While cities contribute 70 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, they are also leading the way on climate action and clean energy economy. The Sustainable City pLAn set out an ambitious vision for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, reducing the impact of climate change and building support for national and global initiatives. Los Angeles has moved to the forefront of climate innovation and leadership through bold actions on energy efficiency and electric vehicle as well as renewable energy and greenhouse gas accounting. L.A. has already reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% below 1990 levels as of 2013, nearly halfway to our goal of 45% below by 2025. Mayor Garcetti’s leadership of the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda has helped bring 75 cities together across the US to share successes, build political will for action, and work together on market transformation.

Progress on 2017 Outcomes

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Establish a pathway to derive 50% of L.A. Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) electricity from renewable sources by 2030

LADWP’s 2015 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) sets a path toward 50% renewable energy. The updated 2016 IRP scenario will beat the state mandate, hitting 55% renewable energy by 2030 and at least 65% by 2036.

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Develop a comprehensive climate action and adaptation plan, including an annual standardized greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory

Expanding on the 2015 Climate Action Report, the Mayor’s Office is developing pathways to meet 80% GHG reduction by 2050. L.A. was among the rst cities to publish its GHG inventory (2013) in the C40/Compact of Mayors Global Protocol for Community-
Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories (GPC) format, and will release 2014-15 inventories this year. The Resilient L.A. Strategy, set to launch in 2017, includes climate adaptation strategies and recommendations.

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Work with other cities to establish standardization of municipal and community- wide GHG inventory reporting in the U.S. and globally

Mayor Garcetti and former mayors of Philadelphia and Houston launched the Mayor’s National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA) to collaborate with cities, including on GHG inventory standardization nationally and internationally. This work has centered on the Compact of Mayors-adopted Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GPC).

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Lead mayors of largest U.S. cities to sign onto the Mayor’s National Climate Action Agenda

The MNCAA has grown to 75 member cities, representing 41 million Americans and including nine of the nation’s 10 largest urban centers. The newest MNCAA members include Miami Beach, New Orleans, and Charlotte.

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Accelerate the decarbonization of the electricity grid, including ceasing delivery of power from Navajo Generating Station

With the July 2016 sale of LADWP’s 21% share in Navajo Generating Station, Intermountain Power Plant remains the last coal- red plant in the City’s portfolio, now slated to close two years early, in 2025. LADWP has already reduced GHG emissions by 40% below 1990 levels, 13 years ahead of schedule.

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Where L.A. Is Leading

L.A. is the first U.S. city to use the Compact of Mayors globally recognized methodology for calculating a city’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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LADWP Lays Out Bold New Path to Decarbonize L.A.’s electricity

LADWP’s 2016 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) charts an ambitious course for the City to move away from reliance on fossil fuels. This historic plan recommends that LADWP surpass the already ambitious, state- mandated renewable portfolio standard of 50 percent renewables by 2030 with a target of 55 percent by 2030 and 65 percent by 2036. The IRP demonstrates how DWP will cut the share of natural gas in its generation portfolio almost in half over 20 years while eliminating coal. It also sets out a clear course for meeting the pLAn’s local solar and energy efficiency targets and exceeding targets for energy storage and transportation electrification, thereby assuring better integration of renewables and electric reliability. The high electrification target alone is expected to decrease overall GHG emissions from the transportation sector by 38 million metric tons over 20 years, equivalent to taking 430,000 cars o the road each year. Even without the new IRP, LADWP is poised to reduce its GHG emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels later this year, putting Los Angeles 13 years ahead of the state-mandated 2030 goal.

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“The FiT program is a win for all parties and interests—it creates valuable jobs and compensates business owners while providing a huge environmental win of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions…and moving Los Angeles closer to its clean power generation goals.”

Jonathan Port
CEO, PermaCity

Solar Grows by 25% in Past Year

Local solar in L.A. has grown by 25% over the past year. That’s equivalent to powering an additional 12,000 homes.

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City Wins

Barren Ridge Project Delivers Wind and Solar to the City

Construction crews completed the long-awaited Barren Ridge Renewable Transmission Project in September 2016, clearing the way for 1,000 megawatts of renewable wind and solar energy generated in the Tehachapi Mountains and Mojave Desert to power L.A. This complex engineering effort, including 62 miles of double-circuit transmission line, took eight years to plan, design and build. Barren Ridge is a major component of LADWP’s IRP.

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City Council Greenlights a Fossil-Free Future

The City Council took a major step toward a green future when it threw its unanimous support behind a motion drafted by Councilmen Mike Bonin and Paul Krekorian. The motion, passed on September 16, 2016 calls for LADWP to assemble a team of academics, policymakers and technical advisors to create a roadmap for the path to a 100 percent renewable-powered city.

Carbon Emissions Begin Their Descent at LAX

In September 2016, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) pledged to reduce GHG emissions from LAWA-owned and -controlled sources to 45 percent below 1990 levels by 2025, 60 percent below by 2035, and 80 percent below by 2050. This commitment qualifies LAX for Level 2 Airport Carbon Accreditation, the global standard awarded by the Airports Council International.

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Partner Wins

CSULA Takes Climate Action

Cal State Los Angeles (CSULA) signed on to Second Nature’s Climate Commitment, endorsing the group’s vision of integrating carbon neutrality with climate resilience and a systems approach to mitigation and adaptation. As a signatory, CSULA has committed to developing a comprehensive climate action and adaptation plan, including a joint campus-community resilience assessment and roadmap to carbon neutrality.

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Teaching Neighbors to Care About Clean Energy

The Environment California Research & Policy Center kicked off a public education effort last summer promoting 100 percent renewable energy across the Southland. The group distributed literature to more than 68,000 households in Los Angeles and surrounding communities, demonstrating how ordinary citizens can help the city transition from dirty fuels to a clean-energy future.

Cool Blocks Engage L.A. Neighborhoods

Last year, the Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance (NSCA) launched Cool Blocks L.A., a one-year pilot program promoting climate- and water-friendly, disaster-resilient neighborhoods. Backed by $150,000 in project funding from the City, NCSA-sponsored teams representing 29 neighborhoods and 10 Council Districts are now assessing household carbon footprints and taking action to reduce them by at least 25 percent.

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