Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, DC | In December 2017, Washington, DC pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050.
In December 2017, Washington, DC pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050.

Emissions Reduction

Since: 2006

Economic Growth

Since: 2006

Emissions Reduction Target

Baseline: 2006
By 2050

Renewable Energy Target

by 2032

Emissions by Source

Transport 22%
Waste 3%
Buildings 75%

Electricity Mix

Recognizing that climate change is already impacting Washington, DC, the city is taking steps to prepare for change through its Climate Ready DC plan. At the same time, DC is committed to reducing its own contribution to the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. In December 2017, Washington, DC pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050. In order to get started now to achieve that goal, DC has developed Clean Energy DC, a roadmap to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2032 by cutting energy use and increasing the use of renewable energy.

Washington, DC has made great progress on clean energy. The District Government made the largest direct purchase of wind power by an American city government in 2015. There are more ENERGY STAR certified buildings in the Washington, DC area than any other metro area in the USA. Innovative programs save residents and businesses energy, and provide the benefits of local solar energy to low-income residents. However, DC knows it must do much more to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, our contribution to greenhouse gas emissions.

Clean Energy DC lays out a set of actions that the District Government, local businesses, and residents can take over the next fifteen years to dramatically reduce their contribution to climate change. The plan identifies best practices and innovative strategies to reduce emissions from buildings, energy supply, and transportation, using a measurable roadmap. Taking these actions will make the District more innovative, sustainable, and resilient.

Green Building Report

Since the passage of the landmark Green Building Act of 2006, the District has been a national leader in green building development.

Interactive Energy Benchmarking Tool

Each year, the District of Columbia publishes detailed energy and water performance benchmarking data from the largest buildings in the city.

Renewable Energy Progress

Moving toward the District’s goal of 50% renewable energy by 2032.

Tree Canopy Cover

Progress toward Sustainable DC’s goal of 40% tree canopy cover by 2032.

Vibrant, Walkable Neighborhoods

The District’s progress in increasing the vibrancy and walkability of neighborhoods.

Clean Energy DC

Clean Energy DC is the District’s roadmap to cut emissions 50% by 2032 by reducing energy use and increasing the use of renewable energy, with actions for government, local businesses, and residents.

We Are Washington DC

The District of Columbia is a leader in many green initiatives, and the Department of Energy & Environment is dedicated to making the nation's capital the most livable city in the nation.

Solar in DC

The District’s solar initiatives are working to increase renewable energy use, reduce low-income energy bills and expand green job training.

District of Columbia Greenhouse Gas Inventory Update 2012-2013