Miami-Dade County has long been a recognized leader for its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and has implemented numerous programs and policies to mitigate GHG emissions over the last 30 years. This includes programs such as the original Long-Term CO2 Reduction Plan (1990), the creation of the Climate Change Advisory Task Force (CCATF; 2006), membership in the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) pilot program (2007), participation in the U.S. Cool Counties Program (2008), and the joint establishment of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact (2009).This history of participating in bold climate change programs has led up to the County’s current commitments, established in April 2021, to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Race to Zero Program, our guiding framework for the targets, actions and commitments presented here.
While these programs have helped to guide Miami-Dade's action on climate, our GHG emissions inventories serve as critical measurement tools to help the County achieve measurable, data-driven emissions mitigation efforts across all sectors of our community and economy. In other words, GHG inventories have two main objectives: measure total GHG emissions released in Miami-Dade County in a year; and estimate the GHG reduction impact of proposed carbon mitigation actions.
For the CAS, the 2019 GHG emission inventory provides the starting point while the GHG emission forecast shows the potential reduction in GHG emissions assuming the full the implementation of all approaches outlined in the Strategy. Miami-Dade County has been measuring and tracking GHG emissions since the first Community-Scale emissions inventory was completed in 1988. Going forward, this robust greenhouse gas emissions inventory process will be used to measure and verify progress towards the targets outlined here.