New Orleans Releases City’s First Climate Action Strategy

U.S. city New Orleans has released a major new Climate Action Strategy. As one of the most vulnerable cities in the U.S. the city is placing itself at the forefront of climate action.

The Strategy, Climate Action for a Resilient New Orleans, aims to reduce the city’s CO2 emissions by 50% by 2030, primarily targeting energy consumption reduction, which currently makes up half of New Orleans emissions, so clean energy and energy efficiency is key to success.

New Orleans’ Mayor, Mitch Landrieu, joined City and State officials and community stakeholders to unveil New Orleans’ climate action strategy, Climate Action for a Resilient New Orleans, a strategic roadmap for the City of New Orleans to combat climate change.

Climate Action for a Resilient New Orleans proposes 11 strategies and 25 actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, aimed as a guiding policy, committing the city to the principles and goals of the Paris Agreement. The claim is the strategy will help New Orleans become a more equitable, adaptable and prosperous place for all of its residents as the city approaches its tricentennial in 2018.

“Climate change is one of the greatest threats to our coastal communities, nation and world,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “In New Orleans, we face a triple threat: subsidence, coastal erosion and sea level rise. If unchecked, New Orleans, like many coastal cities, will be forced to retreat. This strategy will help us transition to a low-carbon economy that not only helps manage our climate risk, but also creates new businesses, jobs, and wealth.”

 

Picture of New Orleans business district by thepipe26 - Flickr: new orleans skyline 2, reproduced under CCL BY 2.0

Monday 10th July 2017


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