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San Francisco Cuts Carbon Footprint

August 12, 2008

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

RPN member San Francisco has cut greenhouse gas emissions by 5 percent from 1990 levels and is on track to cut emissions 20 percent in four years, according to a study by the city's Department of the Environment.  The city's claim was independently reviewed by ICF International, a consulting firm which has produced and reviewed hundreds of other public and private sector greenhouse gas inventories.

The Kyoto Protocol set a goal of reducing emissions 7 percent from 1990 levels by 2012.  Although the United States never ratified the treaty, San Francisco and other local governments have pledged to meet Kyoto emissions reduction goals anyway.  San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said the city will not only meet Kyoto’s targets, but surpass them in achieving its own target, set in 2002, to reduce emissions by 20 percent in 10 years.

"It's one thing to say something - it's another thing to prove it and measure your assertions," Newsom said.


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