Advance Carbon Neutrality

Durham will power City facilities with 80% renewable energy by 2030, and 100% renewable energy by 2050, and achieve carbon neutrality in City operations by 2040.

Positioned in the Strategic Plan Goal 5:Sustainable, Natural, and Built Environment - the City of Durham’s sustainability commitment prioritizes equity by fostering a cleaner environment for all residents, particularly those in underserved areas who are disproportionately impacted by climate change. Envision City buildings and water treatment plants that are more resilient, use less energy, and cost less money to operate; Cleaner, quieter electric City buses, street sweepers and solid waste trucks operating in the community; Solar technology supplying green power to City facilities, and back to the grid reducing community reliance on fossil fuels.


What Does Success Look Like?

  • Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (MTCO2e) from City Operations by 50% by 2030, and 100% by 2040
  • Reduce energy consumption in City buildings by at least 30% by 2040
  • Increase Use of Renewable Energy in City Operations to 80% by 2030, and 100% by 2040 
  • Convert fleet vehicles to 100% electric as technology becomes available
Click here to learn more about the City's Sustainability and Energy Management
Reduce Carbon Footprint: Solar Panels on Durham Fire and EMS Station 17