City of Wilmington and Its Greenhouse Gas Emission Goals

Dec 19, 2019

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo says the city is working towards cutting greenhouse gas emissions. This includes things like retrofitting government-owned buildings to be more energy efficient and installing LED lighting. 

Back in 2009 – the city adopted a resolution in support of the US Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. The city has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 58% by 2050.

Mayor Bill Saffo:

"One of the concerns that we have when we sign any kind of agreement or any kind of pledge like that is – we want to make sure that we have some sort of a goal, some sort of a process in place to start enacting things that will help us in the reduction of those greenhouse emissions."

Saffo says one thing that might help is a software program called Clear Path, purchased by the city this year that tracks greenhouse gas emissions annually. The next goal the city hopes to achieve is in 2020 – reducing emissions by 17%.

In the state, there are cities and counties who have pledged a 100% renewable future by 2050. Saffo acknowledges this will be difficult:

"I don’t know if we can achieve 100%; it would be nice to be able to achieve 100%, but I think we need to take a look at that model to see what it would take to get to 100%."

Among his other environmental goals: planting more trees, eliminating plastic bags in the city’s recycling system, and increasing the number of bike trails.