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Despite a building boom, San Francisco commercial and industrial buildings have cut their total greenhouse gas emissions by 54%.

San Francisco has successfully decoupled economic growth from greenhouse gas emissions.

November 20, 2019
  • San Francisco has successfully decoupled economic growth from greenhouse gas emissions.  
  • From 2000 to 2017, San Francisco added over 9 million square feet of office space and increased its total occupied office supply by 10 percent.  During that same period, citywide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 38 percent. In the commercial and industrial building sector, emissions decreased by a drastic 54 percent. This was achieved through a confluence of energy efficiency investments and a change to renewable power sources. 
  • The City is on track to reach its GHG reduction goal of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 despite an increase in employment of 27 percent during that same period and a current unemployment rate of less than 2 percent.
  • San Francisco has a goal to reduce its total emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050 and will continue to look to the commercial building, transportation, and waste sectors to achieve its goals. 

Source: JLL Research

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