Atlanta falls three spots to No. 18 in the 2017 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. The report takes local government operations, community-wide initiatives, building policies, energy and water utilities and transportation policies into account to make its annual ranking.
Despite falling slightly in the rankings, Atlanta continues to make strides toward energy efficiency. The Atlanta City Council recently announced that it aims to have the city run on 100 percent clean energy by 2035.
The city is highlighted for being a leading city for local government operations, noting that Atlanta has municipal energy efficiency and GHG reduction targets through 2040. It also cites the Atlanta’s Climate Action Plan, which contains goals to reduce community-wide greenhouse emissions and energy consumption in residential and commercial buildings.
The report noted that Atlanta is only among eight other cities across the country that have adopted benchmarking and transparency policies since the last edition.
“Across the nation, cities are taking steps to save energy, and they are creating more economically vibrant and resilient communities in the process,” David Ribeiro, ACEEE senior researcher and lead report author, said in a press release. “More cities are requiring building owners to benchmark and report buildings’ energy use, updating building energy codes, and setting community-wide goals to save energy and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.”