On Tuesday, February 19, the Fremont City Council voted to adopt a resolution to achieve carbon neutrality by the year 2045. This new carbon neutrality target positions Fremont to achieve deep and rapid decarbonization, which significantly enhances the goals established in its first Climate Action Plan of 2012 – to achieve a 25 percent community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction by the year 2020 from a 2005 baseline.
“I’m proud of the unanimous Council approval as it demonstrates Fremont’s continued bold climate leadership,” said Mayor Lily Mei. “We are the first city in the region to align local policies with California’s most ambitious target of carbon neutrality by 2045, set last September by former Governor Jerry Brown.”
The carbon neutral target also supports the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement to keep global temperature increase within 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels in order avoid the most harmful impacts of climate change.
Additionally, the resolution establishes a Post-Carbon Community Framework that incorporates the values of equity and access, innovation and efficiency, health and wellness, and resiliency and capacity-building as principles for achieving long-term economic, social, and environmental sustainability. The Framework includes seven key strategies to guide the development of an updated Climate Action Plan:
- Clean and Renewable Power
- Electrification and Fossil Fuel Phase-Out
- Carbon Sequestration
- Mobility and Connectivity
- Resource Conservation and Elimination of Waste
- Restorative Ecology and Green Infrastructure
- Climate Adaptation and Resilience
Over the next year, the City will conduct robust outreach, analyze data, evaluate impacts, and engage with community stakeholders to identify specific implementation actions for achieving carbon neutrality.
Fremont residents are encouraged to join the conversation and provide input by attending public meetings, participating in online forums, or sending their ideas directly by e-mail. Interested individuals can receive updates by signing up for the City’s Sustainability email list. You can view a copy of the complete Carbon Neutrality Resolution.