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