Long Beach Successfully Certifies Greenhouse Gas Emissions; Earns Climate Action Leader Status

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The City of Long Beach, CA has successfully certified its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory with the California Climate Action Registry, earning the distinction of Climate Action Leader for the second consecutive year.  Long Beach is now publicly and voluntarily reporting its 2008 GHG emissions under the California Registry’s rigorous program.

In 2008, the City of Long Beach demonstrated a reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions, taking an important first step in showing progress toward reducing the City’s carbon footprint.

“The City of Long Beach is committed to reducing our carbon footprint by implementing innovative environmental friendly projects and increasing the number of green operations,” said Mayor Bob Foster.  “We our proud to see that this year’s greenhouse gas emissions inventory shows our first reduction.”

The majority of the City’s emissions came from electricity, at 30,187 metric tons, which is 749 metric tons less than in 2007.  In 2008, vehicles and equipment emitted 14,638 metric tons, and natural gas usage accounted for 4,392 metric tons, which is 1,788 metric tons less than in 2007.  With increasing emphasis on reducing GHG emissions at both the State and Federal levels, completing an inventory places Long Beach in a leadership role and prepares the City for future regulations.

The inventory includes carbon dioxide emissions for City owned and operated sites, facilities and operations.  The City’s emissions come from energy use associated with electricity, natural gas and vehicle fuel.  This is a comprehensive inventory of City operations, including Long Beach Gas & Oil, the Long Beach Water Department and the Port of Long Beach.  Included in this inventory are City facilities like City Hall and fire stations, operations like traffic signals, and vehicles like street sweepers and police cruisers.

The California Registry, created by the State of California in 2001, is a private nonprofit organization that supports companies and organizations in tracking, publicly reporting and reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. The results are verified by independent third parties to ensure compliance with California Registry protocols and standardization across participants and sectors. Organizations that are willing to meet the accounting standards and third party verification requirements of the California Registry show their commitment to address climate change. The California Registry has been widely recognized as a gold standard for public reporting of greenhouse gases.

The City of Long Beach’s certified greenhouse gas emissions report for 2008 is available through the California Climate Action Registry’s website or the City of Long Beach Office of Sustainability website.

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