Why

 

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As a community, Palo Alto is committed to demonstrating leadership on the path to a sustainable future. The City of Palo Alto Utilities is the first utility in the world to provide both carbon neutral electricity and natural gas as a standard to all customers.


Cutting Carbon Emissions

Carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) or greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are a major contributor to climate change. California has set a bold target for reducing CO2e emissions and Palo Alto has an even more ambitious goal.

California and Palo Alto's goals

Palo Alto's Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The City's 100% carbon neutral electricity and natural gas have helped bring us closer to our GHG emissions reduction target. However, other sources of GHG emissions continue to contribute to Palo Alto's carbon footprint.


Metric Tons of CO2e Emissions in Palo Alto

Metric Tons of CO2e Emissions in Palo Alto graph


Learn more about what our community can do to continue to improve our sustainability: What's Next