San Francisco

California, USA
San Francisco is proving that aggressive climate goals are good for the economy, the health and well being of our residents, and for the Earth.

Emissions Reduction

Since: 1990

Economic Growth

Since: 1990

Emissions Reduction Target

Baseline: 1990
By 2050

Renewable Energy Target

by 2030

Emissions by Source

Transport 46%
Landfill Organics 5%
Buildings 46%
Municipal 2%
Other 1%

Electricity Mix

San Francisco is at the forefront of regional, state and national climate action, reducing emissions 30 percent below 1990 levels, while the population has grown 20 percent and the local economy 110 percent. At the heart of the nine-county Bay Area in Northern California, San Francisco is proving that aggressive climate goals are good for the economy, the health and wellbeing of our residents, and for the Earth.

Through collective action, San Francisco will Net Zero Emissions by 2050. The City’s Climate Action Framework, 0-80- 100-Roots, is the vision for how we will meet this challenge:

0 – Zero waste to landfill

80 – 80% of trips made by sustainable modes (public transit, walking, biking)

100 – 100% renewable energy to electrify the built environment, including the movement of people and goods

Roots – Protecting urban green spaces and growing the urban forest to enhance biodiversity and sequester carbon

San Francisco recognizes that to achieve its vision of a safe, vibrant and inclusive city of shared prosperity we must continue accelerated and transformative action to address climate change. This will require inclusive and equitable participation of community in climate and sustainability decisions, an investment in capacity building activities such as providing residents tools, education, and job opportunities, and engagement of people throughout the city in programs, policies and initiatives to will ensure the city is prepared for the future.

San Francisco's Carbon Footprint

Between 1990 and 2018, San Francisco's carbon footprint was reduced by 35% while its population increased by 22% and the GDP increased 172%. The city's progress towards its climate goals proves it is possible to reduce GHG emissions while growing the economy.

Climate Milestones

Over the past decade, cities in the United States and around the world have responded to people's call for political action on climate change. San Francisco is a leader among them, from its natural gas ban to mandated composting and recycling.

San Francisco Climate Action Strategy

Zero Waste

San Francisco's efforts to be waste-free and how the city recycles and diverts 80% of waste from the landfill.

2018 Municipal Progress Report on Climate and Sustainability

For Instant Gas Relief: Compost Your Food

Food that ends up in landfills creates harmful methane gas. Don't trash your food! Composting at home has never been easier.

Focus 2030: A Pathway to Net Zero Emissions

This technical report is a foundational step in San Francisco’s progress toward addressing the climate crisis. This. Potential emissions reductions of seven Strategic Priorities are quantified. The analysis completed for this report demonstrates a potential path to net zero emissions by 2050 through the transformation of our energy supply, buildings, transportation, and waste systems.

100% Renewable Energy Requirement for Large Commercial Buildings

The new clean electricity requirement is the first of its kind in the nation. Almost half of San Francisco’s citywide emissions come from buildings, and half of those emissions come from the commercial sector. San Francisco has already reduced its greenhouse gas emissions 36 percent below 1990 levels. The law will reduce emissions from the City’s largest commercial buildings by an additional 21 percent to accelerate San Francisco’s drive towards 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030.

San Francisco's Transition to LED Lighting

SF made the switch from conventional light bulbs to energy-saving LEDs.