Climate Action Plan

Climate Action Plan for Memphis and Shelby County

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Background and Purpose: In 2015, the City of Memphis signed on to the Compact of Mayors – now the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy – a formal commitment of city leaders across the world to tackle climate change by taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and enhance resilience and adaptation in their communities. As part of the mitigation part of this commitment, the City must inventory its community-wide greenhouse gas emissions, establish targets for reducing emissions, and complete a climate action plan (CAP) that includes strategies for achieving these emission reductions. In 2016, staff in the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability completed a community-wide greenhouse gas inventory using a baseline year of 2012. In December 2017, the Office of Sustainability released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for professional services to carry out the plan which will take place under the Memphis 3.0 comprehensive planning umbrella. Memphis 3.0 and the Climate Action Plan will work hand in hand to determine how to reduce Memphis and Shelby County’s carbon footprint and sustain our community into the future.

Process: The climate action planning process will focus on these major tasks:

  1. Updating the 2012 inventory and developing a more recent inventory – 2016 or 2017 - of both community-wide and local government greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  2. Setting challenging yet attainable GHG emission reduction targets in order to reduce the Memphis area’s contributions to climate change
  3. Crafting strategies that will help the city and county attain these GHG emission reduction targets that focus on building energy use, transportation, and solid waste
  4. Engaging the public in the conversation on the importance of climate action planning and the impact of climate change on vulnerable populations, as well as gathering input on GHG emission reduction targets and strategies.

Collaboration with key stakeholders and the public will be an important part of developing the plan’s goals and strategies.

Timeline: The climate action planning process will kick off in April 2018 and is expected to wrap up in late 2018/early 2019.