San Francisco to declare ‘climate emergency,’ bolster plans to reduce carbon emissions

San Francisco is expected to officially declare a “climate emergency,” following the lead of other Bay Area cities like Berkeley, Hayward, Richmond and Oakland as it strives to reduce carbon emissions by turning to more aggressive tactics.

Supervisor Rafael Mandelman on Tuesday introduced a resolution to officially declare the environmental emergency and call upon city departments to deliver “immediate and accelerated action to address the climate crisis.”

The proposal has already picked up the more than six votes needed to pass.

The resolution directs the Department of the Environment to issue within 100 days a report detailing the steps San Francisco could take to reduce carbon emissions, followed by a Board of Supervisors hearing on the report. The hearing would “consider high priority actions that The City can take to achieve deep emission reductions at emergency speed.”