City of Los Angeles
United States

Population: 3928864
Area of jurisdiction: 1302 km2

Commitments

  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Baseline scenario (BAU) GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Fixed-level GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Carbon intensity reduction target: n/a n/a
Renewable energy target: 33% by 2020 n/a
Energy efficiency target: n/a n/a
Government and Community: CO2(e) targets

Performance

Community GHG Emissions
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Government GHG Emissions
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Mitigation actions

2010 Bicycle Plan and CicLAvia
The plan calls for an additional 1680 miles of bikeways. It also introduces the concept of the Bicycle Friendly Street (BFS) to render neighborhoods more inviting to cyclists and pedestrians. There is a plan for a $16-million bike-share program that aims to put thousands of bicycles at hundreds of rental kiosks across the city. This bike-share program will add 400 stations and 4000 bicycles to the Los Angeles area. The City also hosts CicLAvia, where up to 10 miles of City roads are temporarily closed to vehicles and open for recreational purposes to enable the residents of Los Angeles to experience modes of transport other than fossil fuelled occupancy vehicles. An estimated 1.15 million fossil-fuel powered vehicle miles were avoided during one Los Angeles CicLAvia event. Start year 2010
Sector Transport
Type Fiscal/Financial mechanism
Status In progress
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ATSAC 100% Traffic Signal Synchronization
In attempts to reduce transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions, the City put a mitigation measure to synchronize 100% of its traffic signals into action. This will reduce annual emissions by approximately 1 million metric tons. Currently 4259 traffic signals have been synchronized, reducing annual CO2 emissions by 888,889 metric tons. Start year 2008
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Measure R Transit Projects
Overall, the first five years of Measure R transit projects are expected to eliminate 291,000 metric tons of countywide CO2 emissions per year. Start year  
Sector Transport
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
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LED Retrofit Program
This program will replace 4000 traffic signals and 140,000 HPS and incandescent streetlights with LED efficient units. The program is funded through a combination of energy rebates and street lighting assessment funds and loans. Over 200,000 light modules will be replaced and will reduce energy consumption by 85%. Currently 3662 traffic signals have been converted, thereby reducing CO2 emissions by 56,756 metric tons per year. Participating organizations: Clinton Climate Initiative Start year 2009
Sector Transport
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Renewable Energy: 20% Renewables by 2010; 33% Renewable Energy Portfolio by 2020
In 2005, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa challenged the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to provide 20% of its energy sales to retail customers from renewable sources by 2010. After achieving a 20% renewable energy portfolio in 2010, the Mayor increased standards for the City of Los Angeles to obtain a 33% renewable energy portfolio by 2020. Increasing the use of renewable energy—wind, biomass, solar, and geothermal energy—was essential to reducing the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. Once LADWP increases its renewable energy portfolio to 33% by 2020, the city’s annual emissions will be reduced by 4.5 million metric tons. Start year 2005
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Type Regulatory
Status In progress
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Adaptation actions

Climate Adaptation Plan – AdaptLA: Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment
A physical vulnerability assessment was conducted for affected city infrastructure and a social vulnerability assessment was conducted for impacted communities along the coast. City departments are currently reviewing the findings by USC Sea Grant, ICLEI and Scripps. The report is expected to be released before the end of 2012. Participating organizations: The University of Southern California (USC) Sea Grant, the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), the Scripps Institute of Oceanography Start year 2011
Sector Coastal zones/Marine Ecosystems
Type Assessment/Research
Status Completed
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AdaptLA Climate Forecasting Studies
The study examines Los Angeles’s regional climate between 2041 and 2060 at a neighborhood scale model (2 km). The results underscore that in 30 years the Los Angeles region’s summer season will be longer and hotter, with average temperature increases of 4°-5°F in inland areas; hot-weather days (over 95°F) will triple in downtown Los Angeles and quadruple in the San Fernando Valley. Participating organization: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Start year 2012
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Type Assessment/Research
Status Completed
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50 Parks Initiative
The 50 Parks Initiative is a public-private partnership that will add over 170 acres of new park space to Los Angeles. The parks, a quarter of which are under an acre in size, include safety and environmentally sustainable features and are located in neighborhoods identified as most in need. To date, 53 sites have been identified for inclusion in the program, emphasizing that the title of the initiative is only a starting point for a program that can continue to grow. Start year 2012
Sector Terrestrial Ecosystems
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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