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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 vehicles and this all-electric Nissan Leaf help reduce fossil-fuel emissions.


The City of Portland’s Climate Action Plan recommends actions to reduce carbon emissions across City bureaus. The goal for City bureaus is to achieve a 52 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 compared to Fiscal Year 2006-2007 emissions. 

Carbon Footprint Report

The Water Bureau calculates carbon emissions from electricity, natural gas, fuel use, and air travel and reports these in Carbon Footprint reports every few years (the 2014-2015 report is the most recent). Understanding how and in what quantities the bureau is generating carbon emissions provides staff with tools for managing and reducing the bureau’s contribution to climate change. The following table depicts carbon emissions from five recent years.

Calendar Year

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Total Annual Carbon Emissions
(Metric Tons of CO2 equivalent)

9,062

8,004

13,965

9,864

12,169

TBD

Read the 2014-2015 Carbon Footprint Report. See previous annual reports below: