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SF bumps targets for eliminating greenhouse gases

San Francisco Mayor London Breed is setting new environmental goals in a effort to reduce The City’s greenhouse gas emissions, just in time for world and environmental leaders arrive in The City to attend the Global Climate Action Summit.

Breed said last Wednesday at the Moscone South Convention Center that it was time for leaders to recognize that the climate change is real and that cities around the world need to tackle the issue now:

“We are in struggling in this country now sadly because we have a president who basically doesn’t believe that’s the case.”

The City has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent since 1990, while the population from 1990 to 2010 grew by 11 percent, said Breed:

“You can be a sustainable city while still maintain and growing your economy.”

San Francisco Mayor London Breed announces major greenhouse gas emission reduction plans and kicks off The City’s largest rooftop solar construction at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept 5, 2018. Ching Wong/SFBay
Breed pledged lofty goals for The City to reduce waste generation by 15 percent and reducing the waste that is sent to the landfill by 50 percent.

Additionally, Breed wants all new construction buildings to use only renewable energy starting in 2030, issue more green bonds to help finance infrastructure projects and switch all electricity in The City to renewables by 2030.

Breed said:

“These new targets will accelerate emission reduction by reducing waste, making our buildings greener, promoting green investments and achieving our renewable goals.”

It was fitting to hold the press conference at the convention center, which feature the largest array of solar panels in The City, said Mohammed Nuru, director of the Department of Public Works.

At least 20 percent of the energy produced by the 792 rooftop solar panels will generate 969 megawatts of power each year. The rest of the energy source to run the convention center will come from The City’s Hetch Hetchy Power System, said Nuru.

The City anticipates to complete the sustainable convention center by the end of the year.

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