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Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory for Greater Philadelphia

Product No.: 18018
Date Published: 11/2018
Pages: 34

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Geographic Area Covered: Nine-County Greater Philadelphia region, comprised of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania, and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer counties in New Jersey.

Abstract: This document estimates energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in DVRPC’s nine-county Greater Philadelphia region. Data are for 2015. This is DVRPC’s third such inventory. Earlier inventories were published using 2005 and 2010 data. DVRPC estimates that net GHG emissions decreased 10 percent from 2010 to 2015, from emissions equivalent to the release of 82 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (MMTCO2e) to about 74 MMTCO2e. GHG emissions were 21 percent lower in 2015 than in 2005. The top three drivers of reductions between 2010 and 2015 were, in decreasing levels of significance, change in electricity generation mix (a cleaner electricity grid due to the continued switch from coal to natural gas), decreased on-road emissions per mile traveled, and decreased electricity consumption per household. Continued reductions will require sustained, concerted and aggressive action at the household, firm, community, regional, state, national, and global level, as well as continued technical advancement. More information can be found at www.dvrpc.org/EnergyClimate/Inventory.htm.

Key Words: Energy, Greenhouse Gas, GHG, CO2. Carbon Dioxide, Emissions, Climate Change, Inventory

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