Summary of CEAP Findings
The City of Raleigh’s operations significantly reduced
its carbon emissions between 2007 and 2010,
essentially taking advantage of the
low-hanging fruit” to achieve
important reductions at relatively
low capital costs and operational
impacts. Without further action,
these gains will be eroded and the
City will return to 2007-levels of
emissions and then exceed those
levels. Through the CEAP development, the City
recognizes that:
A defined process for establishing critical
factors (criteria) provides the framework to
evaluate a potential project for its contribution
toward meeting the criteria
The process is transparent, verifiable,
defendable and repeatable, and will provide
measurable results
Evaluating the critical factors prior to setting
goals or selecting strategies will help avoid
committing the City to potentially costly,
impractical or even unachievable projects to
reduce energy usage and carbon emissions
Setting specific reduction goals will commit the
City to spending millions of dollars per year
Building a culture of energy and operational
efficiency supported by behavioral changes and
selected capital projects will provide
measurable, long-term benefits
Implementing this Roadmap will increase the
City’s resiliency and ability to respond to
unpredictable futures, and set Raleigh on the
road to energy independence
The entire CEAP Project
Report is available online
in Volume 1 of the
Technical Documentation
Developing the CEAP created a forum to:
Integrate each departments’ activities into a
coherent, well-understood approach to moving
Consider whether the City should use a values-based
system to evaluate all new future City projects and
processes so that implementing sustainable solutions is
the culture rather than just an initiative
Gain insight into the tradeoffs between capital
replacement projects versus longer life-cycle
replacement projects that can be done more within
departments’ operating budgets
Understand the total cost of change – monetary as
well as the impacts to operations and staff behaviors –
needed to achieve additional energy efficiency and
carbon emissions reductions