Greenhouse Gas Emissions Target

The Flagstaff Climate Action and Adaptation Plan will set a roadmap for reducing Flagstaff’s greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse gases - carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxides and others - trap heat inside the atmosphere and drive abrupt changes in our climate. Most of Flagstaff's greenhouse gas emissions come from driving cars and powering buildings.

Part of the Climate Plan process is determining the right reduction target for our community greenhouse gas emissions. The Flagstaff community needs to decide on what target is the most appropriate.

  • If we did nothing - the “business-as-usual” scenario - we project there would be a 34% increase in Flagstaff-caused emissions by 2050.
  • Instead, The Climate Plan Steering Committee has proposed a target of reducing emissions by 80% by 2050. This can be accomplished by reducing or diverting landfill waste, reducing personal vehicle use, switching on-road vehicles to zero emissions, using renewable energy sources, and reducing building energy.

Read through the posters below, using the arrows to the right of the images, to learn more about greenhouse gas emissions targets.

GHG - current emissions
GHG - where we are heading
GHG - 80x50
GHG - what would 80x50 look like