L.A.’s Green New Deal
The City of Los Angeles has released its 2019 Sustainability Plan, which states that the “battle against climate change [is] a moral imperative, an environmental emergency, and an economic opportunity”. The plan aims to “lead the world toward a low-carbon, green-energy future”. In the report, Mayor Eric Garcetti highlights that “defeating climate change will demand every ounce of Angelenos’ trademark energy, creativity, determination, and drive — and we have to act now”.
The deal is built on four key principles.
A commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement and to act urgently with a scientifically-driven strategy for achieving a zero carbon grid, zero carbon transportation, zero carbon buildings, zero waste, and zero wasted water.
A responsibility to deliver environmental justice and equity through an inclusive economy, producing results at the community level, guided by communities themselves.
A duty to ensure that every Angeleno has the ability to join the green economy, creating pipelines to good paying, green jobs and a just transition in a changing work environment.
A resolve to demonstrate the art of the possible and lead the way, walking the walk and using the City’s resources - our people and our budget - to drive change.
The deal aims to reach the following targets:
400,000 green jobs by 2050
100% renewable energy by 2045
100% electric public transport by 2030
100% fo waste water recycled by 2035
90,000 trees planted by 2021
70% of water sourced locally by 2035
100% of waste diverted from landfill by 2050
Emissions free buildings by 2050
100% net zero by 2050
“As Mayor, it is my mandate to create a more livable city, but it is my calling to create a more livable world. Combating climate change meets both responsibilities”, said Mayor Garcetti.
For the full report, click here.