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​​​Climate Act​ion Plan

The draft Climate Action Plan will be available for comments in late September.​

​City of ​Phoenix Climate Goals ​​

  • A carbon-neutral city by 2060 operating on 100% clean energy​​
  • All new buildings are “net positive" by 2050 in both energy use and materials
  • Graph showing GHG reduction targets to 2060Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission reduction targets:
    • 15% by 2015 for City Operations achieved
    • 30% by 2025 community-wide (Paris-compliant) on track
    • 40% by 2025 (City Operations only) on track
    • 90​% by 2050 community-wide by 2050

  • Clean Air – outperforming federal standards by 2050
  • Zero waste through the circular economy
  • A 100-year supply of clean and reliable water
  • Create a vibrant healthy food system by 2050 with zero food deserts​​​​​

The 2009 Climate Action Plan​ is being updated with completion by the end of 2020. 


The 2009 Climate Action Plan defined how the city would achieve a goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from city operations to 5 percent below the 2005 levels by 2015. In 2012, three years ahead of schedule, the city achieved its goal with a 7.2 percent decrease from 2005 GHG emissions. These findings were revealed in the 2012 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Report.  In January 2014, City Council adopted a new goal to reduce GHG by 15 percent by 2015 compared to 2005 emission levels for City operations

The most significant GHG reduction programs include:

  • advanced methane capture systems at city-owned landfills;
  • biodiesel and ethanol alternative fuels;
  • energy-efficient streetlights, traffic signals, water, and wastewater upgrades;
  • energy efficiency measures in more than 45 city buildings; and
  • various city solar power projects.​​​

C40 Cities Logo

In January 2020 the City of Phoenix became the newest member of C40 Cities. C40 Cities is a network of 94 cities worldwide committed to exhibiting leadership in tackling climate change to increase the environmental and economic wellbeing of its residents. Learn more about C40 Cities​

Other climate focused actions include T2050, HeatReady Phoenix, the Tree and Shade Master Plan, and Water Conservation. Read below for more information. 

Do you have questions or comments on the City's climate actions or planning? Do you have other ideas or suggestions? Contact us​ at climate@phoenix.gov

2020 Acti​ons

Reduce Urban Heat Island: 

  • Developing an Urban Heat Mitigation and Adaptation Plan 
  • Developing a “HeatRe​ady” certification for Cities (pilot testing to begin in Phoenix in 2020)
  • Building a “WalkShed” tool to identify priority areas to add shade in vulnerable neighborhoods. 
  • Accelerating the Tree and Shade Master Plan with a goal to plant 5000 trees in 2020​

Air Quality:

  • Building a state and regional network with dozens of stakeholders to address reduce pollutants.  Possible strategies may include supporting programs to increase EV adoption and reduce miles traveled per capita through employer trip reduction programs and incentives.  

Recent Accomplishments​

$110M in climate-related investments ($910M with T2050)

  1. $30M LED Streetlight project replacing 100,000 streetlights - completed in 2019
  2. $25M biogas facility capturing waste gas and selling to California (and 90% wastewater reuse) - 2019
  3. $30M in retrofits underway to reduce energy use in City buildings by 20%
  4. $15M state-of-the-art compost facility
  5. $4.5M in Recycling Equipment Upgrades (North Gateway)
  6. $5M annually in tree planting and maintenance (4500 trees planted in 2019 on City land)
  7. Joined C40 in 2020 – an international network of nearly 100 cities
    + $800M in transportation improvement in last 3 years​

GHG Inventories

To measure progress, the City recently completed two reports: the City of Phoenix 2018 Local Government Operations Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Report; and the 2018 Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Report. ​

These Reports are an update to the City's 2015 Local Government Operations Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Report and 2016 Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Report, and present the status of the City's progress toward meeting its current greenhouse gas​ reduction targets of 40 percent by 2025 (City operations) and 30 percent by 2025 (community-wide).

2050 Sustainability Goals​​

​​In 2016 Phoenix City Council adopted 2050 Environmental Sustainability goals that articulate the community's desired long term environmental outcomes that would fulfill the General Plan aspirations of a Sustainable Desert City.

Transportation: Make walking, cycling, and transit commonly used, enjoyed, and accessible for every Phoenix neighborhood, including our disabled community

Waste:​ Create zero waste through participation in the Circular Economy

Water Stewardship: Maintain a clean and reliable 100-year supply of water

Building & Land Use: Reduce community carbon pollution by 80%-90%​ with the longer term 2060 goals of becoming a carbon-neutral city 

Parks, Preserves, and Open Spaces: All residents live within a five-minute walk of a park or open space

Clean Air: Achieve a level of air quality that is healthy for humans and the natural environment

Local Food Systems: Maintain a sustainable, healthy, equitable, thriving local food system​

Transp​ortation 2050​​

T2050 logo

​​On Aug. 25, 2015, Phoenix voter​s appr​​oved Transportation 2050 and made a strong statement about the importance of expanding investment i​n Phoenix for bus service, light rail construction, and street improvements.

The previous transit plan, known as T2000, was a voter-approved tax that primarily funded transit service in Phoenix. Now broader and more comprehensive, the Transportation 2050 plan places additional emphasis on street needs including; street maintenance, new pavement, bike lanes, sidewalks and ADA accessibility which will all compliment the increase in transit services.

Photo of light railThe Transportation 2050 plan was developed by a citizen-led committee of transportation experts and community advocates and addresses a wide array of concerns expressed by residents who drive, bike, walk and ride transit service. The 35-year citywide street and transit improvement plan, which became effective Jan. 1, 2016, will triple the number of light rail miles in Phoenix by adding 42 miles of across the city, provide late-night bus and Dial-a-Ride service citywide, and will directly and indirectly benefit every street in Phoenix.​​

Learn more and view progress updates

Heat Relief Network

Cooling Stations

During the summer, staying hydrated and cool is vital!​ The Heat Relief Network offers free water and indoor locations to cool off. Download a map of cooling locations (PDF) that are BOTH hydration stations and cooling refuge locations for anyone needing to get out of the heat. ​​



Take a Hike. Do it Right.

​When the forecast hits the triple-digit, City of Phoenix Rangers advise not hiking during these weather conditions and ask that hikers always follow these life-saving Take a Hike. Do it Right website safety guidelines.​Take a Hike. Do it Right logo

Learn more about Heat Safety 

Tree + Shade Master Plan​

Shade Phoenix logo The Tree and Shade Master Plan​ is the product of the Tree and Shade Task Force, a multi-department committee led by the Parks and Recreation Department. The task force met for a year and a half to evaluate the causes of Phoenix's declining urban forest. The task force also looked at regulatory hurdles that prevent the construction of shade structures over public sidewalks. The Master Plan was adopted by the City Council on January 5, 2010.​​

The Tree and Shade Master Plan strives to create a healthier, more livable and prosperous Phoenix through the strategic investment in care and maintenance of the urban forest and engineered shade. Trees and shade structures are critical components of the infrastructure and over the long-term can save the city millions of dollars. The Master Plan provides a detailed roadmap to achieve an average 25% shade canopy coverage for the entire city.​​

Learn more about Trees in Phoenix​​​​

Water Conservation

Phx Water Smart logo showing river and boardwalk in front of a mountain rangeThe City of Phoenix has been delivering clean, reliable water supplies to homes, businesses, industries, and other area customers for more than 100 years. Our successes have come from engaging our customers in planning for our water supply needs and promoting the responsible use of water.​

​In an era of climate change, one advantage Phoenix has over others is this: desert cities know that drought is a constant threat, and plan accordingly. Long-range planning, investments in water supply alternatives, and a history of successes in water conservation have allowed Phoenix to weather every drought without resorting to mandatory water use restrictions or prohibitions. Phoenix is built for drought. However, the city is prepared to establish such restrictions in future years if absolutely necessary to ensure the safety and health of our residents. Read the 2015 Drought Management Plan here.

Learn more about Water Conservation​​​​

Walkable Ur​ban Code