Hayward meets 2020 emission reduction target ahead of schedule

September 22, 2020

According to Hayward’s greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory for 2018, completed earlier this month, Hayward achieved a 21.6 percent reduction in overall GHG emissions compared to 2005 levels. This reduction exceeds Hayward’s 20 percent reduction goal -- two years ahead of schedule.

The key factors believed to be responsible for Hayward’s emission reduction include carbon-free electricity provided by East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) and PG&E, as well as an increase in automobile fuel efficiency standards.

Earlier this year, Hayward adopted new emission reduction targets, which look beyond 2020:

  • 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2025
  • 55 percent below 2005 levels by 2030
  • Develop a plan to reach carbon neutrality by 2045

To meet our 2025, 2030, and 2045 goals, City operations and the Hayward community will need to continue to cut their carbon footprint by reducing their reliance on high emitters like natural gas appliances, as well as gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles and equipment.

To learn more about the findings of the GHG inventory report, and to see the breakdown of Hayward’s emissions by sector, view the staff report here.