On June 25, 2018, Charlotte City Council voted unanimously to adopt the ‘Sustainable and Resilient Charlotte by 2050’ resolution. The non-binding resolution commits the City of Charlotte to bring city-wide greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) to below 2 tons of CO2e per person annually to achieve a low carbon future. This target keeps Charlotte in accordance with commitments made at the Paris Agreement in 2015 and fulfills one of the City’s requirements to remain in good standing with the Global Covenant of Mayors.
The City of Charlotte committed to the Global Covenant of Mayors under Mayor Clodfelter, and the commitment made by Mayors Jennifer Roberts and Vi Lyles when they signed onto the “We Are Still In” coalition.
The resolution also laid the foundation for Envision Charlotte to develop, in partnership with the City, a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) that provides a roadmap for the City’s transition to a low carbon future, and helps deliver the City Council’s resolution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to less than 2 tons of CO2e per person across the City by 2050.
Envision Charlotte and the City are in the process of finalizing the draft, which will be presented to the Environment Committee on October 22, 2018 and then opened to the Public for review and feedback until November 5, 2018. If you are interested in staying in touch regarding the SEAP, please email either firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Rob Phocas at RPhocas@ci.charlotte.nc.us.
You can sign up for our newsletter, where we’ll keep you updated on the latest about the SEAP. You will also find additional information on the process to date on the City’s Environment Committee webpage. We encourage everyone to get involved – achieving this target will take a community!