Los Angeles announces Green New Deal

New city plan aims to make LA carbon neutral by 2050

LA's Green New Deal aims to help the city reduce GHG and create a green economy.
LA's Green New Deal aims to help the city reduce GHG and create a green economy.

Los Angeles has announced a new plan to address climate issues.

The mayor of the US city, Eric Garcetti, launched the Green New Deal, which sets new targets for climate improvements linked to economic development and opportunities.

The plan aims to make LA ‘carbon neutral’ by 2050, to reduce GHG emissions by 50% by 2025 and create 400,000 ‘green’ jobs by 2050.

The mayor’s office said the plan would also save more than 1,600 lives, 660 trips to the hospital, and $16 billion in avoided healthcare expenses each year.

“Politicians in Washington don’t have to look across the aisle in Congress to know what a Green New Deal is — they can look across the country, to Los Angeles,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “With flames on our hillsides and floods in our streets, cities cannot wait another moment to confront the climate crisis with everything we’ve got. L.A. is leading the charge, with a clear vision for protecting the environment and making our economy work for everyone.”

The city has an estimated population of four million, the third most populous city in North America, and has serious issues with water supply, traffic and climate related brush fires.

The Green New Deal plan will focus on four principles – upholding the Paris Climate Agreement; delivering an inclusive green economy; ensuring all residents are able to participate in the green economy through job creation; and the intention to become a best practice example of city government and urban green planning.

The deal will involve 44 partner organisations. Plans announced so far include building a zero carbon electricity grid, utilising 80% renewable energy sources by 2036; creating a ‘Jobs Cabinet’ with government, education and business leaders to develop green employment opportunities; and a mandate that every building in the city becomes emission free by 2050.

The plan calls for 100% wastewater recycling by 2-35, and sourcing of 70% of water locally through enhancements in local water management.

Zero waste targets include phasing out of Styrofoam and plastics in food and eliminating use of landfills by 2050. The city will also plant and maintain at least 90,000 trees to provide 61 million square feet of shade by 2021. The city will also increase the tree canopy in low-income, severely heat impacted areas by at least 50% by 2028.

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