By Joseph Flaherty | Phoenix New Times
hoenix wants to be a carbon-neutral city. But with more cars on the road and the resulting increase in emissions, it’s making it harder for the city to get there. Increasing vehicle emissions are holding the city back from rapidly reducing greenhouse gases, according to a report presented to the city council this week in a policy session.
The city’s 2050 Environmental Sustainability Goals say that Phoenix wants to become a sustainable desert city and eventually achieve carbon neutrality. Carbon neutrality means that in a final tally of greenhouse gases, a city is a net-zero polluter, usually because of a strategic use of clean power and other carbon-reduction methods.
But in a car-centric city like Phoenix, getting to zero could take some creativity as more people keep moving here.