Climate & Energy

Greenhouse Gas Emissions of City Government Operations

Watch Watch

75,132.10

MT CO2e/year
Result for 2017

Watch Watch

Climate & Energy

Greenhouse Gas Emissions of City Government Operations

Watch Watch

75,132.10

MT CO2e/year
Result for 2017

Measure Description

This metric represents the number of greenhouse gas emissions from electricity, natural gas and petroleum for municipal government operations in 2017. Baseline greenhouse gas emissions data is compiled from 2016 to serve as a means of comparison. For this purpose, electricity usage (in kilowatts/hour), as well as natural gas, propane, and petroleum consumption (in therms and gallons, respectively), from municipal operations is converted to metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (MT CO2e) as a unit of measurement. Since this measure does not reflect the type of fuel used to produce electricity (e.g. coal vs. natural gas) and is also using the amount of petroleum purchased, not consumed (as that data was not available), the actual data is an estimated value of MT CO2e. This measure will be reported annually to track the progress of greenhouse gas reduction, with a target goal of net zero emissions by 2050. The Sustainability Action Plan (SAP) set an interim target of 19% reduction from 2008 in emissions by the end of 2018 - or, 66,690 MT CO2e.

Measure Importance

This measure provides direct insight into the City’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. Having net zero carbon emissions is crucial in slowing the impacts associated with increased greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. The South Florida region is especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, due to threats including, but not limited to, sea level rise, heat events, and catastrophic hurricanes. Taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is critical to securing the City’s resiliency and ensuring that West Palm Beach remains a viable place to live, work, and play.

Measure Chart

Explanation of Performance

The amount of greenhouse gas emissions for City operations has been reduced since 2016, and will hopefully continue to be reduced over time until it reaches a stable point in 2050, when the amount of greenhouse gases captured is equal to the amount of greenhouse gases emitted. Despite the overall reduction, the total values of MT CO2e for 2016 and 2017 are greater than the targeted amount set by the SAP. This may be due to the fact that the previously mentioned electricity consumption is measured in bulk, and does not take into account coal or natural gas fuel, which produce different amounts of CO2 equivalents. This measure will be refined for future reporting purposes and will give a more accurate portrait of the City’s emissions. 

Status Indicator Definitions
On Target: Meets or exceeds expected performance
Watch: Falls close to expected performance
Below Target: Does not meet expectation; being monitored for improvement
Other Data: Data gathering only, no target

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