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City climate goals exceeded

While President Joe Biden was holding a virtual climate summit of global leaders and announcing ambitious national goals to address climate change, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced success in meeting its own goals and unveiled new commitments.

Breed said the city is ahead of schedule on some key environmental goals. By 2025, CleanPowerSF will beat by five years its aim of providing all customers with 100 percent renewable energy. And even before the pandemic-related reduction in travel and business operation, in 2019 the city’s emissions had dropped to 41 percent below 1990 levels, “six years ahead of the city’s goal of reaching a 40 percent reduction by 2025,” according to the mayor’s office.

In announcing new goals to ensure that the city by the bay doesn’t become the city in the bay, Breed said she and the Department of the Environment will introduce legislation at the Board of Supervisors this month to codify in the city’s Environmental Code the goals and strategies to make San Francisco a carbon-neutral city within the next quarter century (five years earlier than originally planned). 

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