Oregon, USA
Portland has addressed climate change for nearly 25 years and has steadily cut carbon emissions for more than a decade.

Emissions Reduction

Since: 1990

Economic Growth

Since: 1990

Emissions Reduction Target

Baseline: 1990
by 2050

Renewable Energy Target

by 2050

Emissions by Source

Transport 40%
Industry 17%
Waste 2%
Buildings 41%

Electricity Mix

Portland has addressed climate change for nearly 25 years and has steadily cut carbon emissions for more than a decade.

Since 2000, when local emissions peaked, Multnomah County’s emissions have consistently declined. Among other factors, these reductions are due to a combination of:

  • Improved efficiency in buildings, appliances and vehicles.
  • A shift to lower-carbon energy sources like wind, solar and biodiesel.
  • More walking, biking and public transit.
  • Reduced methane emissions from landfills and more composting and recycling.

In 2014, total carbon emissions in Multnomah County were 21 percent below 1990 levels. Portland continues to significantly outperform national emissions, which are up 7 percent over 1990 levels.

The joint City of Portland and Multnomah County 2015 Climate Action Plan builds on Portland’s legacy of climate action. The Climate Action Plan provides a roadmap for the community to achieve an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, with an interim goal of a 40 percent reduction by 2030.

The Climate Action Plan identifies over 170 actions to be completed or significantly underway by 2020. The City of Portland and Multnomah County have been working systematically to implement these actions since adoption. Nearly all of the actions in the 2015 Climate Action Plan are already underway, with 142 (or 83 percent) of those actions on track for completion by 2020.

A Better Way Forward: Portland’s Climate Action

Portland’s climate action leaders talk about bold policy, benefits and the road ahead.

Restricting Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

Portland adopted zoning code changes to restrict the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure.

Portland Home Energy Score

Like a miles-per-gallon label on cars, a home energy score provides an easy way for prospective buyers to compare homes.

Planning for Portland’s Future

Portland’s cornerstone land-use plans provide the roadmap for achieving a healthy, connected, resilient, accessible and equitable low-carbon city. Photo: comp-plan_adopted-introcover.png attached

Climate Action Through Equity

CAP Progress Report: Carbon Emissions

Active Transportation in Portland

Transportation emissions continue to fall as Portlanders shift from driving to walking, biking and transit.

CAP Progress Report: Electric Vehicles

Climate Change Preparation Strategy