In April 2019, the city of Atlanta announced its bold and ambitious green energy plan, approved by the Atlanta City Council in March — which aims to get Atlanta 100% green in 16 years by 2035. It is ambitious with no easy path to get there.
Like any other American city, Atlanta is woven with power lines, trams and buses. The electricity that makes Atlanta run comes mostly from coal, natural gas and nuclear energy. Only 6% to 8% comes from renewable sources.
The city believes it can tackle their green energy plan by trying to use less energy, believing an opportunity to reduce the consumption in the city 25% to 30%, is possible just through the energy-efficiency side alone.
Atlanta also plans to put up a lot more solar panels — on homes, commercial buildings and at utility scale solar farms. It will rely on things like improved battery storage for solar energy as well as renewable-energy credits from outside the state to offset coal and gas power still coming from the local grid. Atlanta’s mix will also still include a lot of nuclear power.
Do you represent or are directly or indirectly linked to this reality of Atlanta’s green energy plan? What solutions do you adopt and what actions to do implement to ensure the sustainability of your organization with the city’s bold plan and ambitious plan in place? Join us in Atlanta in early 2020 for sustainability discussions regarding Atlanta.
CSE’s Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Program, Advanced Edition 2020, takes over Atlanta March 9-10, 2020 to help sustainability professionals rise to any occasion. This challenging two-day training offered by Center for Sustainability and Excellence (CSE) aims to give you all the latest tools and resources required to implement or upscale existing sustainability initiatives taking place in your organization.