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This ordinance establishes greenhouse gas emissions targets and departmental action plans for the City and authorizes the Department of Environment to coordinate efforts to meet the established targets.
Global climate change poses a challenge of historic proportions for Chicago and the world. This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the scope and scale of that challenge by offering a rigorous accounting of Chicago and the metropolitan region’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, an in-depth investigation of the sources of those emissions, and a description of the likely trends if no action is taken. This report also offers a path forward in the form of a portfolio of emission reduction strategies designed specifically for Chicago. This research is intended to serve as a solid foundation which will enable Chicago to implement its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.