State and Local Policy Database

Los Angeles

City Scorecard Rank


Los Angeles, CA

67.00Scored out of 100Updated 10/2020
Community-Wide Initiatives
Score: 9 out of 15 points
Community-Wide Summary List All

The City of Los Angeles formally adopted LA's Green New Deal Sustainable City pLAn in 2019.

Last updated: September 2021

Community-Wide Climate Mitigation and Energy GoalsList All

Climate Mitigation Goal

The Green New Deal city plan includes a goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, with interim targets of 50% below 1990 levels by 2025 and 73% below 1990 levels by 2035. Based on ACEEE’s analysis of past years emissions data, ACEEE projects that the city will meet its near-term community-wide GHG emissions reduction goal. 

Emissions data is included in the Sustainable City pLAn annual reports. The city’s sustainability dashboard also includes emissions data.

Energy Reduction Goal

The Sustainable City pLAn includes an energy reduction goal for all buildings of 22% per square foot below 2015 levels by 2025, 34% by 2035, and 44% by 2050. 

Renewable Energy Goal

The Green New Deal set renewable energy targets of 55% by 2025, 80% by 2036, and 100% by 2045. 

Last updated: September 2021

Equity-Driven Approaches to Clean Energy Planning, Implementation, and EvaluationList All

Equity-Driven Community Engagement

We were unable to determine whether relevant decision-makers have taken a unique and expanded approach in conducting engagement for multiple clean energy initiatives with marginalized groups compared to engagement with other city constituencies.

Equity-Driven Decision-Making

Los Angeles Department of City Planning and community organizations such as Los Angeles Equity Alliance, Brotherhood Crusade, and the South Los Angeles Transit Empowerment Zone are developing the South L.A. Climate Commons Plan. The plan is funded by a $200,000 plan grant awarded to the department. 

In implementing the city’s climate action goals, the City of Los Angeles and Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles created the Watts Community Leaderships Council (WCLC), which is comprised of local community residents. The WCLC created the Watts Rising Collaborative, which lobbied for and won $35 million grant for affordable housing and environmental justice initiatives in the Watts community.

The city secured another grant worth $23 million to fund environmental justice initiatives led by the “Green Together” collaborative which includes several community-based organizations that are active in the Pacoima-Sun Valley.

Equity Accountability Measures

The Green New Deal includes environmental justice goals of improving the raw scores of CalEnviroScreen indicators of communities within the top 10% of most polluted communities by an average of 25% by 2025 and 50% by 2035. The Green New Deal also contains a goal to reduce childhood asthma-related emergency room visits to less than 14 per 1,000 children by 2025 and 8 per 1,000 children by 2035. 

Last updated: September 2021

Clean Distributed Energy ResourcesList All

LADWP has created a community solar pilot program. The utility has committed to installing ten megawatts of solar capacity to support the pilot. 

Last updated: September 2021

Mitigation of Heat Islands List All

UHI Mitigation Goal

The Green New Deal contains goals to plant 90,000 trees by 2021 and to increase tree canopy in areas of greatest need by at least 50% by 2028.

UHI Policies and Programs

In October 2020, the City Council approved changes to the existing cool roof ordinance to require all new roofs to be cool roofs and to have more stringent requirements for cool surfaces.

The city’s Sustainable City pLAn has set a goal to reduce the local urban-rural temperature differential by at least 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit by 2025 and 3 degrees Fahrenheit by 2035. The city adopted this target because average temperatures in Los Angeles are nearly six degrees hotter than surrounding areas.

The city has adopted requirements for buildings to include cool roofs and low impact development techniques in site design. The city also awards development bonuses for permanent protection of open space through a transfer of development right program.

The city passed a tree protection ordinance to prevent the removal or relocation of certain native tree species.

Mayor Garcetti appointed the city's first Forest Officer in 2019. 

The Cool Streets program combines multiple strategies to reduce the urban heat island effect in the city's most vulnerable neighborhoods, including cool pavement, street trees, and shade structures.

Last updated: September 2021

Buildings Policies
Score: 19.5 out of 30 points
Buildings Summary List All

The City of Los Angeles complies with the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards. Los Angeles also codified solar- and EV-readiness. The city passed a commercial and multifamily benchmarking ordinance. The city offers several incentives and financing options for energy efficiency improvements and low-income projects. The city requires buildings to perform energy audits and retrofits requirements.

Last updated: June 2021

Building Energy CodesList All


The State of California allows its local jurisdictions to adopt building energy codes that are more stringent than the mandatory state codes. Title 24 outlines all California building codes. Title 24, Part 6 includes the California Energy Code and the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards (BEES). Title 24, Part 11 includes the California Green Building Code. The  State of California updated the California Energy Code, BEES and California Green Building Codes in 2019 and are effective January 1, 2020. The 2020 codes exceed the 2015 IECC standards and ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2019. To learn more about California’s building energy codes, please visit the State Policy Database.


Los Angeles adopted the 2019 BEES and the 2020 Los Angeles Green Building Code. The city’s zEPI score for their commercial energy code is 51.7.


Los Angeles adopted the 2019 BEES and the 2020 Los Angeles Green Building Code. . The city’s zEPI score for their residential energy code is 59.6.

Solar-readiness policies 

As required by state law, Los Angeles will require all new residential construction to include solar system installation beginning in 2020.

EV-charging readiness and infrastructure policies

The city’s Green Building Code mandates new residential dwelling and townhomes be EV-ready. Effective January 2020, 30% of multifamily parking spaces must be EV-ready. 

Low-energy use requirement

Executive Directive #25 declared in February 2020 that all new municipally owned buildings or major renovations shall be designed to reach carbon neutrality by 2030, including by maximizing deployment of energy efficiency, smart design, on-site renewable generation, and electrification. 

Last updated: June 2021

Building Energy Code Compliance and EnforcementList All

Los Angeles does not have internal staff dedicated solely to energy code compliance. The city requires plan reviews, site inspections, and performance testing to verify energy code compliance. The city provides upfront support to owners and developers through various training programs and provides preliminary plan check services that allow builders to meet with a plan check engineer to help them meet the Los Angeles municipal code requirements. 

Last updated: June 2021

Policies Targeting Existing BuildingsList All

Retrocommissioning requirements

The Existing Buildings Energy and Water Efficiency Program mandates retrocommissioning requirements for commercial and multifamily buildings. 

Commercial and multifamily benchmarking

The State of California adopted Assembly Bill (AB) 802 in October of 2015. AB 802 requires commercial and multifamily buildings greater than 50,000 square feet and larger to benchmark energy usage annually. Los Angeles adopted an ordinance that builds upon AB 802 and require all buildings over 20,000 square feet (both commercial and residential) to annually benchmark energy and water usage. The ordinance currently requires buildings over 50,000 square feet to comply with the law. The ordinance takes effect for buildings between 20,000 and 50,000 square feet in June 2019. The ordinance covers 76% of commercial buildings and 50% of multifamily buildings.

Energy audit requirements

In addition to retrocommissioning, the Existing Buildings Energy and Water Efficiency Program mandates energy auditing for commercial and multifamily buildings. 


LADWP runs a low-income solar and energy efficiency programs.

Last updated: June 2021

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Workforce DevelopmentList All

To spur cleantech job creation, the city offers private cleantech companies incentives to be located in the city’s CleanTech Corridor

The Utility Pre-Craft Trainee (UPCT) program , jointly operated by LADWP and the IBEW Local 18 since 2011, is an earn-and-learn, pre-apprenticeship training program in which entry-level trainees work full time weatherizing homes and small businesses while learning skills and preparing for civil service exams and career opportunities in the utility.  

Last updated: June 2021

Score: 18.5 out of 30 points
Transportation Summary List All

The transportation authority serving the City of Los Angeles is the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metrolink). Metrolink also provides the public transportation for the city and the broader metropolitan area, including train and bus service. The Southern California Association of Governments is the MPO in charge of conducting metropolitan transportation planning. Its area of jurisdiction encompasses Los Angeles, and surrounding cities and counties. The City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation is the city agency charged with managing the city’s transportation network.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable Transportation Planning List All

Sustainable Transportation Plan

The Los Angeles Green New Deal Sustainable City pLAn (2019) includes a goal to reduce VMT 13% by 2025, 39% by 2035, and 45% by 2045. The plan also includes language about preparing the city for autonomous vehicles by 2028, the use of transportation data to ensure that new transit, app-enabled, and for-hire mobility options are equitably available across the City, addressing the first/last mile problem. The City is also working to update its Transportation Demand Ordinance this year, which will hopefully reduce VMT.

VMT/GHG Target and Stringency

 The Los Angeles Green New Deal Sustainable City pLAn (2019) includes a goal to reduce VMT 13% by 2025, 39% by 2035, and 45% by 2045. These targets were set assuming a baseline of 15 VMT per capita per day (roughly 59,856,840 VMT per day, or 21,847,746,600 VMT per year). 

Progress Achieved Toward VMT/GHG Targets

We could not determine if the City tracks VMT or GHG numbers.

Last Updated: November 2021

Location Efficiency List All

Location Efficient Zoning Codes

Los Angeles has 37 pans and implementation overlays across the city. 15 of these plans are location-efficient, allowing for mixed-use. The city’s forthcoming zoning code overhaul will move the city toward a mixed form-based and use-based zoning model.

Residential Parking Policies

In the draft Downtown Community Plan update, parking minimums will be eliminated once the Plan is approved. It is the first city community plan that will incorporate the city's new modular planning code.

Location Efficiency Incentives and Disclosure

As an incentive to promote location-efficient real estate development, Los Angeles provides density bonuses for affordable housing projects located within 1,500 feet of a transit stop.

Last Updated: November 2021

Mode Shift List All

Mode Shift Targets

The 2015 Sustainable City pLAn calls for an increase in non-single occupancy vehicle trips to 35% of all trips by 2025 and 50% of all trips by 2035.

Progress Achieved Toward Mode Shift Targets

We could not determine if the City is on track to meet its goals.

Complete Streets

Los Angeles has a Complete Streets Program.

Last Updated: November 2021

Public Transit List All

Transportation Funding

The transportation entities that serve the City of Los Angeles have received $2,427,984,936.00 on average annually between 2015 and 2019. That equates to roughly $281.61 per capita between 2015 and 2019 within the Authority's service area. 

Access to Transit Services

The Transit Connectivity Index measures transit service levels. It is based on the number of bus routes and train stations within walking distance for households scaled by frequency of service. The City of Los Angeles' Transit Connectivity Index value is 7.7, scoring 1 point in the City Scorecard.

Last Updated: November 2021

Efficient VehiclesList All

Vehicle Purchase Incentives

The City offers incentives through its municipal utility for the purchase of used plug-in hybrids and EVs.

Vehicle Infrastructure Incentives

To foster increased development of EV charging infrastructure, Los Angeles offers the Charge Up L.A. rebate program under which residential customers may receive up to $500 for a home charger, and commercial customers can receive up to $4,000 for each hardwired EV charger installed.

EV Charging Locations

The City has 2381 charging ports available for public use, equivalent to 59.8 ports per 100,000 people.

Electric School Bus Goal

Los Angeles does not have an electric school bus goal.

EV Transit Bus Goal

The City of LA has a goal of entirely electrifying its fleet by 2028.

Last Updated: November 2021

Freight System EfficiencyList All

Los Angeles started convening a Sustainable Freight Advisory Committee, which is tasked with providing the Port of LA and the Mayor suggestions to improve the sustainability of goods movement at the port. In June 2017, Mayor Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Garcia came together to sign a joint declaration setting ambitious goals for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to make the transition to a zero-emission on-road drayage fleet by 2030 and zero-emission terminal equipment by 2035. These goals are incorporated into the joint Ports’ Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) Update, approved by the ports’ governing boards in November 2017 to provide high-level guidance for reaching zero-emission operations while strengthening the ports’ economic competitiveness. The City is in the process of pursuing a zero-emission delivery curb designation to incentivize zero-emission freight. Right now, City Council has directed LADOT to conduct a feasibility study of the pilot. The City hopes to launch this pilot before the end of the year.

Last Updated: November 2021

Clean, Efficient Transportation for Low-Income CommunitiesList All

Affordable New TOD Housing Policy

Los Angeles’ Metro adopted guidelines that include a performance measure that its’ joint development portfolio include minimum of 35% affordable housing units. Metro may also discount land value of its joint development sites up to 30% of the fair market value on sties accommodating affordable housing. The city is currently working on a Transit Oriented Communities Loan Program to support affordable housing in transit-oriented areas.

Connecting Existing Affordable Housing Stock to Efficient Transportation Options

The City’s low-income all-electric car share program, BlueLA offers discounted rates for low-income households. The regional transit agency and city bus offer discounted rates for rail and bus AND our bikeshare program

Last Updated: November 2021

Energy & Water Utilities
Score: 13.5 out of 15 points
Energy & Water Utilities Summary List All

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is the municipal utility which provides electricity and drinking water services to the City of Los Angeles. Southern California Gas (SoCalGas), an investor-owned utility (IOU), is the primary natural gas utility for the City of Los Angeles. The State of California requires spending and savings targets for its IOUs through an EERS and requires local government-utility partnerships through mandate by the California PUC. The municipally-run utilities are not required to meet the state EERS targets and report through the California Energy Commission. In 2021, California regulators updated state energy efficiency policies to focus on reducing carbon emissions. The state’s new rule rules value efficiency as a grid and decarbonization resource, encourage utilities to offer more programs that primarily serve communities of color and low-income residents, and encourage workforce development programs. To learn more about the state requirements for electric and gas efficiency, please visit the California page of the State Database.

The Los Angeles Public Works Department, Bureau of Sanitation is the municipal utility which provides stormwater management and wastewater treatment for the city. LADWP and the Bureau of Sanitation work together to provide recycled water to many areas of the city.

Last Updated: July 2021

Electricity and Natural Gas Efficiency SavingsList All

In 2019, LADWP reported 291,425 MWh in net incremental electric savings, representing 1.35% of retail sales. In 2019, LADWP spent $169,907,000 on electric energy efficiency programs, which represents 4.20% of its retail revenue.

In 2019, SoCalGas reported 55.34 MMtherms of net natural gas savings at the meter, which represents 1.89% of its retail sales across the utility’s service territory. In 2019, SoCalGas spent $91,665,804 on natural gas energy efficiency, which equates to $16.35 per residential customer. Electricity savings cover all of the city of Los Angeles. Natural gas savings cover the entire SoCal Gas service territory, not just Los Angeles.

LADWP offers electric efficiency incentives and technical assistance to residential and commercial/industrial customers. SoCalGas similarly offers natural gas efficiency programs to residential and business customers.

In 2013, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) began offering several combined natural gas and electric energy-saving programs within the joint service territory. LADWP and SoCalGas have continued their partnership through 2018 and into 2019 and have jointly launched 22 different energy/water efficiency programs. 20 of the 22 programs remain active. The partnership portfolio is diverse, with the programs serving hard-to-reach customers (income-qualified, multi-family, small businesses), as well as large and governmental entities (large-scale commercial developments such as major hotel establishments and public university campuses), and they provide incentives and services to both retrofit and new-construction projects.

The City of Los Angeles works with the Mayor's office and other City departments and utilities, as well as local academic institutions and non-profit coalitions, to advocate to the state for increased spending and energy savings requirements. These include the Southern California Public Power Authority and the statewide (IOU) Codes and Standards group, as well as other coordination.

Last Updated: July 2021

Low-Income & Multifamily EE Programs List All

Low-Income Programs

Both LADWP and SoCalGas offer the Energy Savings Assistance Program to qualified low-income residential customers. The program offers no-cost, energy-saving home improvements to income-qualified homeowners and renters, including weatherization improvements, water heater blankets, and low-flow showerheads. Investor-owned utilities implement the program statewide under the direction of the California Public Utilities Commission. ESA includes health and safety measures such as furnace repair and replacement, CO and smoke alarms, comprehensive home health and safety check-ups, amongst other measures. SoCalGas streamlines program enrollment by accepting income qualification from enrollment in other programs, including the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP); Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program; Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program; Tribal; and TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

In addition, LADWP offers a Refrigerator Exchange Program, which provides free, efficient refrigerators to residential customers who qualify through LADWP’s low-income, senior citizen/disability lifeline, life support, or physician-certified alliance discount (PCAD) rates. LADWP also offers the Home Energy Improvement Program (HEIP), which provides free energy and water performance improvements in homes for eligible customers. Additionally, LADWP is expanding funding for HEIP and nearing launch of our Comprehensive Affordable Multifamily Retrofits (CAMR) program.

LADWP’s Community Partnership Grants program provides grants to non-profit organizations to creatively reach populations that may not be addressed through more traditional communication strategies and to affect behavior change. In the Underrepresented Energy Efficiency & Water Conservation Program Area of the grants, nonprofits are awarded between $25,000-$125,000 to focus outreach and education within underserved communities identified through the CalEPA interactive map.

LADWP’s Equity Metrics Data Initiative (EMDI) tracks, measures and reports on how its programs are provided to all customers and residents of Los Angeles and helps ensure that all customers are reached with fairness and equity.

SoCalGas streamlines program enrollment by accepting income qualification from enrollment in other programs, including the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP); Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program; Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program; Tribal; and TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. In 2017, LADWP created the office of the Low-Income Customer Access (LICA) to improve outreach to underserved communities and increase collaboration with the existing LADWP efficiency programs for multifamily low-income dwellings. LICA has established a Working Group comprised of affordable housing and community-based organizations who partner with LADWP on pilot efficiency and outreach programs. In addition, LADWP is able to partner with and provide grants to local nonprofits and community organizations through the LADWP Community Partnership Outreach Grants program. Through the program, non-profits are invited to undertake community outreach and education to improve awareness of LADWP programs and improve energy efficiency and water conservation throughout the City of Los Angeles and to “hard-to-reach” customers. Grants have been awarded to Community Development Technologies Center, ONEgeneration, Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade - Black United Fund, Inc., Hermandad Mexicana Nacional, BREATHE SoCal, University Muslim Medical Association, Inc., Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment, and Koreatown Youth and Community Center, Inc. to specifically target underrepresented and low-income customers. Beyond that, an additional twenty-four nonprofits have been awarded grants to conduct outreach on LADWP’s efficiency programs to customers across the city, which typically include low-income customers. LADWP has also partnered with other organizations to advertise its efficiency programs, including Green Education, Inc., Initiating Change in Our Neighborhood, Inc., Los Angeles Conservation Corps., Inc., Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education, Venice Youth, Korean Immigrant Workers Alliance, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy

In 2019, according to LADWP, it achieved 14,645 MWh in energy savings, while spending $15,014,391 on its low-income programs and served 14,573 low-income customers. In 2019, according to SoCalGas, it achieved 0.91 MMtherms in energy savings from the ESA program, while spending $111,539,060 and serving 122,037 low-income customers.

Multifamily Programs

LADWP and SoCalGas partner to offer the Energy Savings Assistance Program to eligible low-income residents in multi-family buildings. This jointly-coordinated, comprehensive program provides no cost energy saving products such as attic insulation, door and window repairs, caulking, door weather strips, water heater blankets, smart power strips, efficient light bulbs, water and gas-saving showerheads, and faucet aerators to low-income residents of multi-family buildings. Additionally, the Multifamily Direct Therm Savings Program, offered in partnership with LADWP and SoCalGas, provides energy and water efficient products and installation at no cost to hard-to-reach customers. LADWP also administers a Commercial Direct Install (CDI) Program in partnership with SoCalGas, which targets multi-family customers, and offers free energy and water (and natural gas) efficiency upgrades, including upgrades to energy efficient lighting systems and lamps, LED exit signs, pre-rinse spray valves, low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators, and low-flow toilets.

SoCalGas offers four multifamily programs. These include 1) Multifamily Direct Therm Savings Program and the On-Demand Efficiency Program.  These programs provide energy audits and installation of energy efficiency measures at no cost. 2) Multifamily Energy Efficiency Rebate Program, which provides rebates for the purchase and installation of energy efficiency measures in apartment dwelling units, and in common areas of apartments, condominium, and mobile home parks. 3) Multifamily Whole Building Home Upgrade Program, which is a comprehensive program that promotes long-term energy benefits through whole building energy efficiency retrofit measures identified through an investment grade audit. 4) Central Water Heater Multifamily Building Solutions Program which offers property owners a comprehensive engineering assessment and incentives for upgrading the central water heater system. SoCalGas partners with LADWP on the Energy Savings Assistance Program, Multifamily Direct Therm Program, and Multifamily Home Upgrade Program.

In 2019, according to LADWP, it achieved 55,312 MWh across its multifamily program portfolio, while spending $5,908,464 and served 7,881 multifamily housing units. In 2019, according to SoCalGas, it achieved 0.91 MMtherms across its multifamily program portfolio, while spending $27,907,848 and served 1,815multifamily housing units.

Last Updated: July 2021

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

Southern California Gas and LADWP both provide automated benchmarking services through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Owners of multi-tenant commercial and multi-family residential buildings can work with LADWP to link all building accounts under one “master” account with appropriate permissions and documentation. SoCal Gas provides automated benchmarking services to building managers or owners.

The city of Los Angeles provides some community wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes through their Sustainable City pLAn annual reports. LADWP also reports aggregate community-wide energy usage information to the state's energy commission annually. Municipalities can also request monthly usage data at the aggregate level from SoCalGas.

The City of Los Angeles undertook an active role at the state level to support the adoption of AB 802, which now requires utilities in California to provide aggregated whole building energy data to building owners upon request. This removes the barriers around privacy thresholds and will streamline the process for owners. The city has also partnered with LADWP and SoCal Gas in the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Initiative, and the Energy Data Accelerator, to facilitate better access to energy usage data.

Last Updated: July 2021

Decarbonization and Climate Change Mitigation Efforts of Energy UtilitiesList All

Utility Climate Mitigation Goal

In 2018, the State of California set a goal of achieving zero-emission energy sources for its electricity generation by 2045. On April 21, 2021, Mayor Garcetti's State of the City address declared that LADWP will provide 80% RPS energy and 97% carbon-free by 2030, and 100% carbon-free by 2035. To achieve this goal of net zero emissions by 2035, LADWP will need to reduce emissions by 3.85% annually from 2019 levels.

City-Led Efforts to Decarbonize the Electric Grid

In 2019, LADWP electric generation emitted 2.1 metric tons of CO2 per capita from scope 1 and 2 emissions.

Last Updated: August 2021

Efficiency Efforts in Water ServicesList All

Citywide Water Efficiency and Goals

LADWP’s Efficiency Solutions division administers both energy and water efficiency programs, such as the Home Energy Improvement Program (HEIP). HEIP provides water conserving toilets, low-flow aerators for bathrooms and kitchens, and low-flow showerheads, as well as incentives for clothes washers and irrigation systems. . The LADWP Landscape Incentive Program pays customers to replace turf grass with drought-tolerant plants or mulch and stormwater capture components.

The Sustainable City pLAn calls for 22.5% reduction of per capita consumption of water by 2025, and a 25% reduction of per capita consumption of water by 2035 below baseline year 2014. The recent update to the plan preserves this goal. LADWP offers a number of free water conservation devices such as showerheads and aerators. Also, the LADWP Landscape Incentive Program pays customers to replace turf grass with drought-tolerant plants or mulch and stormwater capture components. LADWP has also completed a water conservation potential study to outline a pathway to meeting these water conservation goals. The City of LA has also set goals in the pLAn to achieve a 50% cut in the amount of imported water purchased by the Department of Water and Power by 2025 and source 50% of the City's water locally by 2035 (based on a 2014 baseline).

Water Plant Efficiency and Self-Generation

The city has a goal to improve energy efficiency at drinking water treatment and distribution facilities, although no specific targets are available. However, the Bureau of Sanitation has an energy group at the Hyperion Wastewater Treatment plant that focuses on tracking power use and implementing energy saving measures. In 2013, the LADWP Commission adopted an aggressive policy requiring the utility to achieve 15% energy savings through energy efficiency by 2020 below baseline year 2010. The 2019 Sustainable pLAn update includes further energy reduction goals for all building types: 22% by 2025; 34% by 2035; and 44% by 2050.

The Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation operates four treatment and water reclamation plants, two of which generate electricity from captured biogas. In addition, the Digester Gas Utilization Project (DGUP) is a cogeneration project that uses Hyperion's digester gas as a renewable energy source to generate electricity and steam for use on site in plant operations. It has been awarded an Envision Platinum award.

Last Updated: July 2021

Local Government Score:
6.5 out of 10 points
Local Government Climate and Energy Goals List All

Los Angeles's Green New Deal is the primary roadmap for the City of Los Angeles’s climate and energy goals. The city releases annual progress reports for the pLAn.

Climate Mitigation Goal

The Green New Deal includes goals to reduce municipal greenhouse gas emissions 55% below 2008 levels by 2025, 65% by 2035, and 100% by 2045. Based on ACEEE’s analysis of past years emissions data, ACEEE projects that the city will meet its near-term GHG emissions reduction goal for municipal operations.  

Energy Reduction Goal

The Green New Deal includes a goal to reduce municipal energy use 18% below 2015 levels by 2025, 35% by 2035, and 44% by 2050. 

Renewable Energy Goal

LADWP, the city's municipal utility, has renewable energy goals to supply 55% renewable energy by 2025, 80% by 2036, and 100% by 2045. 

Last updated: May 2021

Procurement and Construction Policies List All

Fleet Policies and Composition

Los Angeles has a policy, started in 2007, to replace fleet vehicles with the most efficient vehicles available at the time of purchase. As of 2014, 87% of the light duty fleet was hybrid or EV. As part of the Los Angeles Clean Cities Program, the city committed to increasing its fleet of alternative fuel vehicles by an average of 15% each year. Under Mayor Garcetti's Executive Directive #25, the municipal fleet is required to follow a zero-emission first procurement policy by 2021. The city is also requiring the bus fleet to be all electric by 2028. Los Angeles’ fleet is composed of 19.3% efficient vehicles, including hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery electric vehicles. 

Public Lighting

Los Angeles has not adopted a policy requiring efficient outdoor lighting, such as the International Dark-Sky Association’s Model Lighting Ordinance. However, the City’s Bureau of Street Lighting has been replacing streetlights with LEDs and light sensors since 2008 through the LED Streetlight Replacement Program. Currently, 98% of streetlights have been converted in the city.

Onsite and offsite renewable systems 

The City of Los Angeles has installed renewable energy systems on city facilities with a total capacity of 18.6 MW.

Inclusive procurement

Los Angeles requires contractors to conduct outreach to certified minority- and women-owned business enterprises, but the City does not have specific inclusive contracting goals or requirements.

Last updated: May 2021

Asset Management List All

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Los Angeles benchmarks all municipal buildings over 7,500 square feet through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager as part of the Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency Ordinance.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

Los Angeles audits buildings as part of the Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency Ordinance to retrofit whole buildings and implement specific interventions. The City is currently using the benchmarking data and energy audits to best allocate resources. 

Last updated: May 2021