Portland has systematically pursued carbon reduction since 1993. The 2015 plan builds on past work whilst seeking to address the challenges of:
The new CAP:
Specific sector targets for the 5-year period:
Portland's 2015 Climate Action Plan pioneers a new emissions inventory methodology that complements conventional methodologies. This enables cities to recognise a fuller range of opportunities to drive down GHG emissions. It also helps focus attention on upstream opportunities that typically have much greater GHG impacts than end-of-life disposal options.
As it addresses climate preparedness as well as GHG reduction activities, the plan is intended to reduce risks associated with the two major climate impacts Portland faces, which are hotter, drier summers, expected to produce drought, wildfire and more extreme heat days, and warmer winters, with the potential for more intense rain events, flooding and landslides.
As a comprehensive climate plan, Portland's 2015 CAP is designed to achieve a wide range of co-benefits. The plan builds on Portland's recent experience in growing the clean technology sector at a much faster rate than the local economy as a whole, with more than 12,000 local jobs. It also reduces disparities in opportunity, access and outcomes for all residents. The plan also specifies actions to increase the urban forest and green infrastructure, keeping the city cooler and cleaning the air and water. Other actions prioritize reduction in diesel emissions.