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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Project

Baltimore County has nationally been recognized for its leadership in natural resource protection and has emphasized the need to be proactive in reducing the impact on our environment. The area that has been of most concern is the climate change resulting from greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Proactively David Carroll, the previous Director of Sustainability, took the first step in developing the County's strategy by collecting inventory on the current generated gas emissions throughout the county. This includes County government operations, residential and commercial sectors.

The 2006 GHG inventory was conducted by Pat Brady through her Masters Program at Towson University under the supervision of Dr. Brian Fath, Department of Biological Sciences (see below for link to full report). The County has secured the assistance of Pat Brady to prepare updates of the GHG inventory and to develop test scenarios of the effectiveness of reduction efforts.

Full Report

Read Brady and Fath's full GHG report. (PDF)

Below is a detailed chart listing the gas emission inventory results from 2006.

2006 Community Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory Results

Year

2006

Metric Tons eCO2

Percent

Residential

3.5 Billion kWh

3,195,697

27.7

Commercial

2.2 Billion kWh

2,331,496

20.0

Industrial

1.3 Billion kWh

956,473

8.3

Transportation

8.3 Billion VMTs

4,897,796

42.4

Waste

763,000 tons

166,805

1.4

Total

11,548,267

100

Population

787,762

per capita Emissions

14.66

After reviewing the initial results, government operations hold a 1.24 percent contribution to the total emissions countywide. Of government operations, the most energy usage is from government buildings and wastewater pumping to treatment facilities. Below is a detailed chart of the county government emission inventory.

Year 2006

Annual Usage

Metric Tons eCO2

Percent

Buildings

55 million kWh

36,629

27.8

Vehicle Feet

23 million VMT

20,162

14.1

Employee Commute

46 million VMT

24,820

17.4

St. Lights/Signals

30 million kWh

18,854

13.2

Waste-Water

43 billion gals

38,665

27.1

Waste

2500 tons

572

0.4

Government Emissions

142,701

100.0

Community Emissions

11,548,267

Revised December 27, 2012

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