Boulder aims for carbon neutrality by 2050

BOULDER, Colo. - Boulder is setting its sights on carbon neutrality -- or, barring that, an 80 percent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions -- by 2050.

The Daily Camera reports city officials sent a memo to the city council outlining the goal, which could be adopted next year.

Achieving an 80 percent drop in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 would require residents to cut their electricity use by a quarter by 2020 and in half by 2030. They also would have to reduce their car travel from an average of 20 miles a day in 2013 to fewer than four miles a day in 2050.

Achieving carbon neutrality would require residents to cut their electricity use by 87 percent by 2030.

Roger Pielke Jr., of CU's Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, says that's impossible considering current technology and trends in energy consumption and generation.

 

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