Greenhouse Gas Reductions

Aspen’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Targets

The City of Aspen is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) 30% by 2020 and 80% by 2050 (below 2004 levels). These goals apply to the Aspen community including:

Bar Graph of Greenhouse Gas Actual and Target EmissionsMost Recent GHG Inventory

Tracking GHGs provides insights about whether we are moving in the right direction, and which initiatives have been most effective. The Climate Action Office compiles GHG inventories on government operations annually and community-wide inventories every 3 years. The most recent inventories reveal that:

  • City government has reduced its operational GHGs by 40% as of 2018
  • The community has reduced its GHGs by 7% as of 2018

Read the 2014 Community-wide GHG Inventory (PDF) to learn more. This graph shows emissions by category in Aspen:

Bar Graph of Aspen Community Category Emissions

Climate Action Planning

The City of Aspen has updated Aspen's Climate Action Plan (CAP) in collaboration with a diverse group of community stakeholders. Aspen’s original CAP covered the years 2007 through 2009 (view this plan document). Aspen’s current CAP covers the years 2018 through 2020 and was compiled with input from numerous community stakeholders. 

Read Aspen’s current Climate Action Plan (PDF) to learn more. Below is a slideshow of moments from the CAP design process as well as a look into the plan:

CAPimageThe GHG Reduction Toolkit

The City of Aspen published the GHG Reduction Toolkit in partnership with the Community Office Resource Efficiency (CORE) in late 2017. The Toolkit is a comprehensive resource for municipalities across the country interested in reducing GHGs while simultaneously benefitting the environment and community members.

Questions or Tips on Reduction

Please email the Climate Action Office or call 970-429-1798 with any questions about our work reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Aspen.