Rise in emissions threatens carbon goals

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Rise in emissions threatens carbon goals

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 4:50pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions estimates in Vermont continued to rise for calendar year 2015, increasing from 9.45 million metric tons CO2 equivalent (MMTCO2e) in 2014 to 9.99 MMTCO2e in 2015. This increase puts Vermont approximately 16% above the 1990 baseline value of 8.59 MMTCO2e and adds to the difficulty of reaching the statewide goal of 50% below 1990 emissions levels by 2028 (Figure 1). The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Air Quality and Climate released the results in a report in June 2018.

The global warming potential values in this report are from the IPCC AR4 report and are consistent with those in the previous report (1990-2014). Data sources and methodologies are consistent between the 2014 and 2015 reports, and emissions estimates in this report supersede all previous Vermont Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Update report values.

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The only sector to show a decrease in emissions totals from 2014 to 2015 was the waste sector, however the emissions reductions in this sector were overcome by the emissions increases in the other six sectors. Although the emissions from several sectors are difficult to predict, due to winter heating needs and utility purchase decisions for electricity, the overall trend in the past several years has been a steady increase in total greenhouse gas emissions in the state.

The ANR report does not mention the impact, if any, of the closing of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon in December 2014.


Agency of Natural Resources. June 2018