Bend considers plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions

Environment

The plan could reduce fossil fuel consumption by 49% within a decade

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BEND, Ore. (AP) – A plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions in the city of Bend by changing commuting habits and energy sources, and creating incentives to encourage eco-friendly construction.

The City Council could consider it as early as December.

The Bend Bulletin reports if implemented, the plan could reduce fossil fuel consumption by 49% within a decade.

Cassie Lacy, senior management analyst for the city of Bend, provided the information to the Go Clean Energy Conference on Thursday.

As cities around the globe seek ways to become carbon neutral by the middle of this century, and climate activists push governments to reduce fossil fuel consumption, the city of Bend is looking to revamp its rules on promoting renewable energy and cutting carbon emissions.

Lacy says Bend’s City Council will review the strategies in November and possibly vote on them by December.

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