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Climate Action for a Resilient New Orleans | Mayor's Office of Resilience and Sustainability

50% by 2030

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Our seas are rising.

Data Source: Louisiana 2017 Coastal Master Plan, Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority

We are experiencing more hot days.

Data Source: U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, Climate Explorer, https://toolkit.climate.gov/climate-explorer2/.

“It is not enough to plan for how we will adapt to climate change. We must end our contribution to it. In December 2015, I signed the Global Covenant of Mayors on Climate & Energy adding New Orleans to the team of more than 7,400 cities in 119 countries worldwide committed to taking climate action. The actions we outline in this strategy will help create new jobs and new wealth, improve our quality of life, connect our community, and make our city more competitive. I hope you’ll join me in making this vision a reality as we take action to slow climate change in coordination with cities around the world.”

Mitchell J. Landrieu, Mayor

We're taking action to reduce our impact

Energy

  • Reduce our reliance on carbon-intensive fuels 
  • Save energy and make our savings a sustainable resource
  • Increase resilience of our energy, water, and sewer infrastructure

Transportation

  • Transform infrastructure to reduce car dependence
  • Encourage active transportation
  • Increase fuel efficiency, clean fuel use, and shared-use mobility services

Waste

  • Launch a comprehensive recycling and waste reduction initiative
  • Generate value from our waste

Culture

  • Grow the local low-carbon economy
  • Enable data-driven decision-making and collaboration
  • Connect culture and climate action

Greenhouse gas inventory

Total 2014 GHG Pollution

3,606,199 metric tons CO2e

How we compare

Our total emissions are calculated for Orleans Parish only and are relatively low compared to other U.S. cities. This is largely due to the high amount of low-carbon energy already in our electricity mix compared to other cities.

Pollution Per Capita (metric tons)
Houston, TX 15.22
Portland, OR 12.47
Chicago, IL 12.34
Seattle, WA 9.40
New Orleans, LA 9.38
Los Angeles, CA 8.31
San Francisco, CA 5.37

The City of New Orleans conducted an inventory of our 2014 community-wide GHG emissions to the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Inventories (GPC) to provide a baseline from which to measure progress on our reduction goals. We calculated a per-capita comparison with other cities to provide a sense of how we’re doing relatively. These calculations were based on information available in October 2016 through cdp.net and will change over time.

Last year, the City conducted a baseline inventory for 2014 using the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GPC) and this year, we worked with CURB, a tool developed by C40, the World Bank, and AECOM, to evaluate our proposed actions and estimate how they will help us meet our goal of 50% reduction by 2030.

Our overall baseline inventory is 3.6 million metric tons, or tonnes, of CO2 equivalent, which means we have measured the collection of primary greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O) and converted all to be the same base measure of CO2, thereby reporting in CO2 equivalent (CO2e). We outline how energy, transportation, and waste contribute to our pollution and planned actions for reductions throughout this strategy.

If we do nothing to address this pollution, we would have an estimated 4.3 million metric tons of pollution by 2030, while with our goal of 50% reduction below 2014 levels, we’re aiming to have about 1.8 million. This goal is ambitious and achievable. With sustained effort and a few key actions prioritized, we can meet our goal of 50% by 2030 and our interim milestones of 10% reduction by 2020 an 30% by 2025.

Our energy use

Strategies

  • Reduce our reliance on carbo-intensive fuels
  • Save energy and make our savings a sustainable resource
  • Increase resilience of our energy,water, and sewer infrastructure

2030 Goals

  • 100% low-carbon power
  • 255 megawatts local solar
  • 3.3% annual energy savings

Our transportation choices

Strategies

  • Transform infrastructure to reduce car dependence
  • Encourage active transportation 
  • Increase fuel efficiency, clean fuel use, and shared-use mobility services

2030 Goal

  • 50% non-automobile trips

Managing our waste

Strategies

  • Launch a comprehensive recycling and waste reduction initiative
  • Generate value from our waste

Goals

  • 50% diverted from landfills by 2030
  • Zero Waste achieved by 2050
  • Support development of the circular economy

Creating a culture

Strategies

  • Grow the local low-carbon economy
  • Enable data-driven decision making and collaboration
  • Connect culture and climate action

Goal

  • Increase awareness and action among residents, businesses, and visitors

50% by 2030

Download the Climate Action strategy

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MAYOR'S OFFICE OF RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY
City of New Orleans