The City of Boulder has released its 2018 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory. In 2018, the Boulder community continued to reduce emissions as part of its ambitious goals to mitigate climate change, even as the city’s population and economic productivity continued to grow.

According to the inventory, the City of Boulder achieved an 18% reduction in community GHG emissions in 2018 compared to a 2005 baseline. This means emissions fell 2% since 2017.  

The city made even greater strides in its own city operations, where emissions have been reduced 38% from a 2008 baseline, due to the continuous improvements being made to city-owned buildings, as well as the leadership shown by our water utilities.

“It’s commendable that the city and community continue to reduce emissions, even as our population and economy grow,” said Steve Catanach, the city’s director of Climate Initiatives. “However, we know the pace of reduction must increase if we are to effectively address the climate emergency.”

On Sept. 26, the city launched the development of a new phase of climate action called the Climate Mobilization Action Plan. The goal of this process, which the city anticipates will continue into next year, is to co-develop a new climate action plan with the community that addresses the climate emergency through systemic change.

Inventory History

The city has published inventory reports since 2005 as a way of measuring progress of emission reduction initiatives funded by the Climate Action Plan tax. Boulder’s inventory follows the Global Protocol for Community-Scale GHG Emissions, which is the required protocol for the city’s Global Covenant of Mayors commitment. For the 2018 inventory, Boulder followed the BASIC level reporting categories, which will allow Boulder to compare its progress and emissions trends over time to other cities around the world.

More details are available on the city’s Boulder Measures Dashboard for community-wide and city organization emissions.

Learn more about the city’s efforts to address climate change at

Published: Oct. 17, 2019

Media Contacts:

Shelby Condit, Climate Initiatives: 303-441-3434
Lauren Tremblay, Sustainability Analyst: 303-441-3452

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