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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and Climate Action Plan

The earth’s climate is changing because of increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. In 2017, the Hoboken City Council adopted a resolution endorsing a citywide mobilization to attempt carbon neutrality by 2027. Hoboken will help mitigate climate change by lowering the City’s greenhouse gas emissions beyond the targets established by the Paris Climate Agreement and achieving the Sustainable Jersey Gold Star in Energy.

The City of Hoboken is currently quantifying our baseline of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and developing a Climate Action Plan that outlines our path to carbon neutrality by 2027. First Environment is providing consultant support to the City in preparation of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and Climate Action Plan.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory

The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventory will serve as the baseline which Hoboken will use to measure future GHG emissions reductions. Hoboken’s GHG Inventory will have two parts:

1.   Community GHG Inventory: Inventory of GHG emissions from the City of Hoboken.

2.   Municipal GHG Inventory: Inventory of GHG emissions resulting from municipal operations.Municipal operations include energy consumption and related emissions from municipally owned and operated buildings, exterior and street lighting, and the municipal fleet, including major contracted services such as waste/recycling pickup.

Hoboken’s GHG Emissions Inventory will meet BASIC level reporting requirements set out in the Global Protocol for Community-scale GHG emissions (GPC), and will use the ICLEI Clearpath tool. By using an internationally accepted reporting protocol and cloud-based tool, Hoboken will be able to compare and benchmark results against other cities.

The tool will also enable Hoboken to complete the Sustainable Jersey Community Carbon Footprint Action and Municipal Carbon Footprint Action.

Preliminary Results

The following images and tables illustrate the preliminary draft results of Hoboken’s Community GHG Emissions Inventory. These results are subject to change with further refinement of data sources.

Hoboken’s Community GHG Emissions Inventory considers two types of emissions:

  1. Direct emissions (Scope 1) L Emissions from direct sources that are owned or controlled within the City of Hoboken (Stationary and Mobile Combustion, Fugitive, Process Emissions)
  2. Indirect emissions (Scope 2, Scope 3): Emissions that are a consequence of the activities within theCity of Hoboken but are generated outside of the City boundary
  • Scope 2: purchased electricity,steam, heating, or cooling
  • Scope 3: other indirect emissions (optional)

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and Climate Action Plan

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and Climate Action Plan

The earth’s climate is changing because of increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. In 2017, the Hoboken City Council adopted a resolution endorsing a citywide mobilization to attempt carbon neutrality by 2027. Hoboken will help mitigate climate change by lowering the City’s greenhouse gas emissions beyond the targets established by the Paris Climate Agreement and achieving the Sustainable Jersey Gold Star in Energy.

The City of Hoboken is currently quantifying our baseline of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and developing a Climate Action Plan that outlines our path to carbon neutrality by 2027. First Environment is providing consultant support to the City in preparation of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and Climate Action Plan.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory

The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventory will serve as the baseline which Hoboken will use to measure future GHG emissions reductions. Hoboken’s GHG Inventory will have two parts:

1.   Community GHG Inventory: Inventory of GHG emissions from the City of Hoboken.

2.   Municipal GHG Inventory: Inventory of GHG emissions resulting from municipal operations.Municipal operations include energy consumption and related emissions from municipally owned and operated buildings, exterior and street lighting, and the municipal fleet, including major contracted services such as waste/recycling pickup.

Hoboken’s GHG Emissions Inventory will meet BASIC level reporting requirements set out in the Global Protocol for Community-scale GHG emissions (GPC), and will use the ICLEI Clearpath tool. By using an internationally accepted reporting protocol and cloud-based tool, Hoboken will be able to compare and benchmark results against other cities.

The tool will also enable Hoboken to complete the Sustainable Jersey Community Carbon Footprint Action and Municipal Carbon Footprint Action.

Preliminary Results

The following images and tables illustrate the preliminary draft results of Hoboken’s Community GHG Emissions Inventory. These results are subject to change with further refinement of data sources.

Hoboken’s Community GHG Emissions Inventory considers two types of emissions:

  1. Direct emissions (Scope 1) L Emissions from direct sources that are owned or controlled within the City of Hoboken (Stationary and Mobile Combustion, Fugitive, Process Emissions)
  2. Indirect emissions (Scope 2, Scope 3): Emissions that are a consequence of the activities within theCity of Hoboken but are generated outside of the City boundary
  • Scope 2: purchased electricity,steam, heating, or cooling
  • Scope 3: other indirect emissions (optional)

Climate Action Plan

Using the baseline established by the GHG Emissions Inventory, the Climate Action Plan will guide the City to achieving the following objectives:

  1. Reduce municipal GHG emissions by 10.8% over the next three years
  2. Reduce community GHG emissions by 3% over the next three years
  • Become a Net Zero City (carbon neutrality by 2027)
  • Exceed Paris Accord reduction targets

The Climate Action Plan will identify GHG emissions reductions targets and recommend a series of achievable and implementable data-driven strategies and actions for meeting these targets. It will also quantify the benefits and costs of those actions and outline their implementation.

The Plan will be designed to achieve GHG reductions in ways that improve quality of life, environmental/public health,and resilience for present and future generations.

Engage Now

Developing a successful Climate Action Plan depends on engaging community members to contribute ideas, hopes, and concerns for climate action in Hoboken. Learn more about upcoming and past engagement opportunities and results below.

Survey

Click here to take an online survey about potential climate actions. The survey will remain open through November 21, 2018.

Upcoming Events

The next community meeting for the Climate Action Plan will be on Thursday, December 6 at 6:30 PM at the Multi-Service Center, 124 Grand Street.

Past Events

The City and First Environment hosted acommunity meeting to review the draft results of the Greenhouse Gas EmissionsInventory on November 1, 2018. Click here to review the meeting presentation.

Learn More

For more information about the City of Hoboken’s Sustainability and Resiliency Efforts, click here.

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Does the Shade Tree Commission have a list of trees that they recommend for planting? View the approved list of tree species.

Who should trim the tree in front of my house? Please contact David Calamoneri.

I know of a tree that I believe is dying or is dangerous, who should I contact? Please contact David Calamoneri.

How do I become a volunteer for the Shade Tree Commission? Please contact Peter Bakarich III.

How do I apply to be a commissioner on the Shade Tree Commission? Submit an application for appointment to citizen advisory boards and commissions.

When does the Hoboken Shade Tree commission meet? Click here to view the meeting dates for 2015.

What are the benefits and reasons for planting trees in Hoboken? Read about 13 Reasons to plant trees.

How can I find out info on the tree(s) on my Street? View the Hoboken Tree Inventory.

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