Providence sets goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2050

By The Associated Press

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Providence has joined a host of other cities worldwide in committing to reducing its carbon emissions.        

Mayor Jorge Elorza signed an executive order on Friday, Earth Day, setting a goal for Providence to reach “carbon-neutral” status by 2050. That means the city would generate as much energy as it uses.

The order takes effect citywide in an effort to curb energy usage as well as increase renewable energy efforts at homes and businesses.

Elorza says that Providence, as a coastal city, will be significantly impacted by climate change over the next century unless its residents and leaders take action.

The city plans to set an interim greenhouse gas reduction goal and assess the impacts of climate change.         

The state’s goal is to reduce carbon emissions by 85 percent by 2050.

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