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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Water Bureau

From forest to faucet, we deliver the best drinking water in the world.

Customer Service: 503-823-7770

GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-7404

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Carbon Emissions

  • Using Renewable Energy Water Bureau solar arrays reduce the bureau's reliance on fossil-fuel energy.

  • Car-free Transport The Water Bureau encourages staff to use public transit to reduce carbon emissions.

  • Reducing Fossil-Fuel Emissions The Water Bureau's hybrid and electric vehicles help reduce fossil-fuel emissions.


The City of Portland’s Climate Emergency Declaration (June 30, 2020) adopted a new target to achieve a 50% reduction in carbon emissions from 1990 levels by 2030, and reach net-zero carbon emissions before 2050. City bureaus are responsible for implementing actions to help meet this commitment.

Carbon Footprint Report

The Water Bureau calculates carbon emissions from electricity, natural gas, and fuel use and reports these in regular Carbon Footprint report since 2007. Understanding how and in what quantities the bureau is generating carbon emissions provides staff with tools for implementing energy efficiency, renewable energy and fleet efficiency efforts to manage and reduce the bureau’s contribution to climate change. The following table depicts Water Bureau operational carbon emissions from the six most recent years.

Calendar Year

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Total Annual Carbon Emissions
(Metric Tons of CO2 equivalent)

8,004

13,965

9,894

11,686

11,071

8,419

Read the 2016-2019 Carbon Footprint Report. See previous annual reports below: