ENV ENV 4.1 - Intensify efforts to improve resilience and to meet 2030 climate, energy and 100% renewable electricity goals.

Community Energy Use
Percent decrease in community Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from 2005 baseline

  • This is an annual metric and currently reflects 2020 data.
  • Fort Collins community emissions were down 24% (+/-1%) in 2020, surpassing the goal to be 20% reduced from 2005 levels!
  • These preliminary results will be presented to Council at the October 19 Meeting and will be followed by a press release the day after. 
  • Final results will be available in Q1 of 2022 and are contingent upon the EPA's reporting of Industrial Process and Product Use emissions. 
  • The three primary reasons for the change between 2019 and 2020 were the following:
    • Increased renewable electricity from Platte River Power Authority, due to the Roundhouse Renewable Project, accounted for 9% progress.
    • Decreased driving due to COVID-19 accounted for 3% progress.
    • Decreased Industrial Process and Product Use emissions accounted for 2% progress. 
  • Even without the impacts of COVID 19, the community still would have met the 2020 goal.
  • Though the reductions due to decreased driving are not expected to last without continued and increased focus on alternative transportation, the reductions due to renewable electricity are expected to last and deepen.
  • Current projections place 2021 at 26% below 2005.  

Percent decrease in municipal Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from 2005 baseline

  • This is a biannual metric and currently reflects 2020 data.
  • The City organization's greenhouse gas emissions were down 44% from 2005 levels in 2020, continuing to surpass the 2020 goal to be 20% below 2005 levels. 
  • The primary reasons for the reductions between 2018 and 2020 were the following: 
    • Increased renewable electricity, both from Platte River Power Authority and at City facilities (such as the Gardens on Spring Creek)
    • Reduced staff driving and transit service, primarily due to COVID-19 impacts
    • Energy efficiency at City buildings and operations, such as the Drake Water Treatment Facility.
  • Reductions related to COVID-19 accounted for approximately 1.5% of progress and are not expected to last; however, the vast majority of reasons for progress will last and deepen.