We have five major initiatives that are designed to help the City of San Luis Obispo reach carbon neutrality by 2035.
Here are the basics of each:
13.5% of our city’s carbon emissions come from our electricity use. In 2020, because of our Community Choice program Monterey Bay Community Power, that number will be 0.
Since we now have 100% of our power coming from clean sources like solar, wind and hydro power, we must move to electrify our buildings to remove the 16.5% of our emissions that come from natural gas usage.
Our cars and trucks account for a whopping 65% of our city’s carbon emissions. Switching to electric cars, riding bikes, public transportation and enabling walkable neighborhoods is a critical component to becoming carbon neutral.
4% of our GHG emissions come from “solid waste” but that just barely begins to tell the story of the environmental impact that single use plastic has on our environment. SLO is a leader in addressing this huge problem.
What’s the best way to remove carbon from the atmosphere? Trees and open space. We are working hard to plant more of the former, and preserve more of the latter. As carbon sequestration technology becomes more mature, we will employ that, too.
REFERENCE: SLO City 2016 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory: