CHANGE MATTERS written by Alexis McCarthy The good news: There has been an overall long-term decreasing trend in industry Green House Gas emissions since 2011, primarily driven by a decrease in emissions from power plants. Understanding the rest:
Power plants were the largest stationary source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, with 1,326 facilities reporting approximately 1.6 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. While reported power plant emissions increased by 6.3% between 2020 and 2021, they have fallen 28.5% since 2011, reflecting the long-term shifts in power sector fuel-stock from coal to natural gas.
Petroleum and natural gas systems were the second largest stationary source of emissions, reporting 312 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Reported emissions for 2021 were 0.7% lower than in 2020, but 12.8% higher than 2016. (2016 is the earliest year of comparable data for this sector, as new industry segments began reporting that year.)
Reported direct emissions from other large sources in the industrial and waste sectors were a combined 807 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2021, up 1.8% from 2020, and down 7.7% since 2011.
(More than 8,100 industrial facilities reported greenhouse gas emissions in 2021 to EPA. The data show for 2021) Learn Innovations, Innovators, Thought Leaders, Changemakers, New Ideas, New Frontiers AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY SDG 7
INDUSTRY INNOVATION & INFRASTRUCTURE SDG 8, 9 & 11
RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION & PRODUCTION SDG 12
CLIMATE ACTION SDG 13, 14 &15
Act November- If you haven't scheduled an energy audit for your home, this is a great time to do it. There are rebates out there that make the cost about the same as a week's worth of designer coffee. The difference is after the coffee you are wound up and after the audit you can calm down and save money. Keep the actions simple and achievable and you will be on your way to helping make the planet a cleaner, safer place for us all. SHARE YOUR STORIES WITH ME Get in Touch If I can help you or your organization, get in touch. I would love to connect. Best, Alexis