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Greenhouse Gas Reports and Targets

The reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is one of the primary objectives of the Long Beach CAP. GHG reduction targets help focus local actions and serve as aspirational metrics for this CAP. Establishing clear and attainable targets can also motivate community members and City staff, help guide long-term strategies, and increase transparency and accountability regarding the CAP’s goals.

2015 Production Inventory 2015 Consumption Inventory

GHG Reduction Targets

City of Long Beach GHG Reduction Targets

City of Long Beach GHG Reduction Targets

Emissions Targets vs. Business-as-Usual Forecasts (2015-2050)
Emissions Targets vs. Business-as-Usual Forecasts (2015-2050)

Target Setting Objectives

Provide a goal post against which the cumulative progress of the City’s GHG reduction actions over time can be evaluated.
Comply with requirements of the Global Covenant of Mayors, to which the City of Long of Beach has been a signatory since 2015.
Demonstrate the City’s commitment to global efforts to address climate change.
Illustrate the relationship between the City’s reduction target and the State’s own reduction goals for compliance with State mandates for cities related to GHG reduction
Demonstrate a level of GHG emissions below which Long Beach would have less than cumulatively considerable GHG impacts for future environmental review projects.

Latest GHG Data

The City will complete an inventory every two years to assess LB CAP implementation progress. The latest data is available on the Long Beach Climate Portal. The results of the 2021 inventory form the City’s post-LB CAP adopted baseline for which future inventories will be measured against. The City has identified the following LB CAP sectors and objectives that have the greatest potential for emissions reduction:

  • Transportation
    • Decrease reliance on personal motor vehicles
    • Shift to low- and zero-emission vehicles to move people and freight
    • Prioritize the development of transit-oriented neighborhoods
  • Building and Energy
    • Transition to a carbon-free, more resilient electricity system
    • Ensure new buildings and developments are low-carbon or carbon-neutral
    • Increase the energy efficiency of existing buildings and facilities
  • Waste
    • Recycle materials that can be recycled
    • Collect all organic waste for composting or clean energy generation

2021 Emissions at a Glance

2021 Emissions at a Glance

Read the latest GHG Inventory Report.