City Council approves first-ever Honolulu Climate Action Plan

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Honolulu City Council unanimously passed the first Climate Action Plan on Wednesday, June 2.

The Plan commits to a path that will cut carbon pollution on Oahu by an estimated 45% by 2025 and 60% by 2035.

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Honolulu City Council chair and presiding officer Tommy Waters says Oahu is already feeling the effects of climate change.

“We are already seeing, first-hand, the impacts of climate change on O‘ahu. We never had 90-degree temperatures when I was growing up, but now, for the temperature to hit 90-degrees or higher is common during the summer. If we’re going to be able to continue to live and thrive in Hawaiʻi, we have got to implement climate solutions now.”

Tommy Waters, Honolulu city council chair and presiding officer

The Climate Action Plan narrows down nine strategies and 47 actions that the City and County of Honolulu will implement by 2025. Main areas of action include:

  • Electrifying ground transportation and increasing walking and biking
  • Encouraging more density and mixed land use
  • Increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy
  • Reducing the amount of solid waste on Oahu 

Officials say the average person on Oahu produces twice as much carbon emissions each year than the global average. Generating electricity produces 35% of carbon pollution on Oahu, cars and trucks produce 20% and solid waste and wastewater treatment makes up 3% of emissions.

Click here to read the Climate Action Plan.

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