§ 902.

GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS LIMIT

a.

The following San Francisco greenhouse gas emissions limits are hereby established:

i.

By 2008, determine 1990 City greenhouse gas emissions as provided in Section 902(c) below;

ii.

By 2017, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent below 1990 levels;

iii.

By 2025, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels; and

iv.

By 2050, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels. These targets shall remain in effect unless otherwise amended or repealed.

b.

All City departments shall consider the effect of all decisions and activities within their jurisdiction on green house gas emissions and undertake their responsibilities to the end that the City achieves the greenhouse gas emissions limits set forth in this Ordinance.

c.

No later than January 1, 2009, the Commission on the Environment, shall, after one or more public hearings, determine what the greenhouse gas emissions level within the City and County of San Francisco for City and private enterprise activities was in 1990. Such determination shall be the baseline level for determining the greenhouse gas emission limits to be achieved in 2017 and 2050, under subsection (a), above. In determining the 1990 level, the Department of the Environment shall take into consideration the inventory identified in the Climate Action Plan, the methodology adopted by the State Air Board under AB 32, and the best available scientific, technological, and economic information and shall make reasonable efforts, where appropriate, to promote consistency between its methodology and the methodology used by other international, federal and state greenhouse gas emission measurement and reporting programs.

d.

The Department of the Environment is urged to promulgate interim greenhouse gas emissions goals to facilitate the City’s achievement of the 2017 and 2050 greenhouse gas emissions limits set forth in Subsection (a), above, provided, however, that such interim goals shall be for purposes of measuring the City’s progress toward achieving the targets set forth in subsection (a), above and shall not be independently binding.

e.

The Department of the Environment shall, where appropriate and to the maximum extent feasible, work with other local, State And federal governmental agencies, including but not limited to the CARB, and non-profit entities to develop uniform standards and protocols for measuring, verifying and reporting on greenhouse gas emissions.

History

(Added by Ord. 81-08, File No. 071294, App. 5/13/2008)

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