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.
Below is a detailed chart listing the gas emission inventory results from 2006.
2006 Community Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory Results
Metric Tons eCO2
3.5 Billion kWh
2.2 Billion kWh
1.3 Billion kWh
8.3 Billion VMTs
per capita Emissions
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.
Metric Tons eCO2
55 million kWh
23 million VMT
46 million VMT
30 million kWh
43 billion gals
Revised December 27, 2012