Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions

Durango is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the amount of electricity that comes from renewable sources. This includes both direct municipal operations as well as community-wide emissions.

Greenhouse gas and renewable electricity goals, 50% by 2030, 100% by 2050

On December 7, 2021, Durango City Council voted unanimously to pass Resolution R-2021-71 in support of more aggressive community-wide greenhouse gas emissions goals and to commit to the ICLEI 150 Race to Zero campaign. This commitment builds upon the previous goals which City Council voted unanimously to support August 20, 2019 through Resolution R-2019-32. Our current community-wide goals are:

  • 2030 - 50%* greenhouse gas emissions reduction compared to 2016 levels, and 50% of electricity from renewable sources.
  • 2050 - 100% greenhouse gas emissions reduction compared to 2016 levels (i.e. net carbon neutral), and 100% of electricity from renewable sources.

*Based on our "fair share" commitment through our ICLEI 150 Race to Zero commitment, our 2030 emissions goal is actually set slightly higher at 54%.

2022 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory

The City of Durango is currently updating our community-wide inventory. It will be based on 2022 data and is expected to be completed early 2024.

2016 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory

The 2016 Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory (PDF) was completed in 2019 and is Durango's first comprehensive inventory. It establishes a baseline specific to Durango against which to measure progress toward emissions reduction goals. The inventory was completed with pro-bono support from local scientists through a partnership with the Thriving Earth Exchange and incorporates comments received from the community during an open review period.

2011 Climate & Energy Action Plan

The 2011 Climate & Energy Action Plan - CEAP (PDF) was a collaborative effort between La Plata County, the City of Durango, and the Town of Ignacio after each had signed the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. The plan includes county-wide, high-level emissions data from a 2005 baseline analysis and updated data for 2008 and 2009.

2016 GHG Emissions Inventory cover page