At the October 9, 2018, Fremont City Council meeting, the Council adopted a resolution to divest fully from the fossil fuel sector and support the transition to clean, sustainable, renewable energy.
The resolution, as recommended by the City’s Environmental Sustainability Commission and supported by the Human Relations Commission, commits Fremont to adopting policies to ban future investment in the fossil fuel sector. It also commits the City to a fast and just transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 at the latest, discouraging installations of new fossil fuel infrastructure, instead adopting regulations that will support the transition to clean energy.
Such actions align with existing City policies and programs to reduce the impact of climate change through clean energy investments. Notable efforts include Bay Area SunShares, a limited-time offering for residents of discounted rooftop solar installations and zero emissions vehicles purchases, and the City’s 2017 Mandatory Solar Ordinance requiring solar in all new residential construction projects. The City is also updating its Climate Action Plan to establish a new greenhouse gas emissions reduction target that will align with statewide goals of carbon neutrality by the year 2045 at the latest. Fremont residents are encouraged to explore actions they can take at home to their own reduce fossil fuel consumption and make Fremont a healthier place to live, work, and play by visiting the Fremont Green Challenge.