Durango is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the amount of electricity that comes from renewable sources, both as a municipality and community-wide.
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 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%.
2016 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory
In September 2019, the City of Durango published its first Community-wide Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, presenting a snapshot of emissions occurring during 2016.
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.
The inventory establishes a baseline against which to measure progress toward emissions reduction goals.