BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The City of Boca Raton is pledging to reach “net zero” carbon emissions. Although many in Boca’s senior community may not live to see it happen, others around in 2050 can determine whether the City lived up to its pledge.
This is the official advisory from the City of Boca Raton:
Mayor Scott Singer, with support from the City Council, committed the City of Boca Raton to the Cities Race to Zero pledge – a commitment to limit the negative impacts of climate change by getting to net zero carbon emissions before 2050. The City is one of over 1,000 cities globally, and one of 13 in the state of Florida to make this Pledge.
As part of the pledge, the City will work to endorse climate action principles, to adopt science-based emission reduction targets, and to plan and implement specific climate policies across key sectors. The City’s participation in this effort is vital, as cities are home to 55% of the global population but responsible for 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
“The City of Boca Raton is already taking huge steps towards reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. I am excited that the City Council decided to sign the Cities Race to Zero pledge,” said Lindsey Roland Nieratka, Sustainability Manager for the City of Boca Raton. “Being a part of the pledge will let others know that the City is serious about sustainability, provide the City with access to networks and assistance to reach our goals, and help the City to continue to prioritize greenhouse gas emission reduction and sustainability in decision making moving forward.”
Race to Zero is a global campaign to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, and investors for a resilient zero carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates jobs, and promotes inclusive, sustainable growth. The Cities Race to Zero track specifically commits cities to doing their part to meet the global emission reduction targets that scientists agree are necessary to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the goal of the Paris Agreement. This scenario is 50% global carbon emission reduction by 2030 and global net zero caron emissions before 2050.
As a coastal community, the City has long championed and protected all our natural environments. In 2019, the City introduced the Sustainability Action Plan, which is a framework towards implementing general goals and policies related to sustainability. The City’s pledge includes climate actions from this Plan, including assessing the City’s fleet for electric vehicle adoption and assessing City facilities for renewable energy generation. Additional efforts include working toward setting the City’s science-based 2030 target which will represent the city’s “fair share” of global carbon emission reductions.
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