Climate & Energy

Greenhouse Gas Emissions of City Government Operations

On Target On Target

66,060.49

MT CO2e/year
Result for 2018

On Target On Target

Climate & Energy

Greenhouse Gas Emissions of City Government Operations

On Target On Target

66,060.49

MT CO2e/year
Result for 2018

Measure Description

This metric represents the number of greenhouse gas emissions from electricity, natural gas and petroleum for municipal government operations in 2018. 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 City's total greenhouse gas emissions showed a 8.1% reduction from 2017 levels. This decrease is due to a variety of initiatives that the City has undertaken to reduce fossil fuel use and electricity demands. The City's electric and hybrid fleet vehicles have resulted in decreased petroleum usage, as well as reduced fuel costs for the City. The City uses Chevy Bolts for its the motor pool, which is a collection of vehicles the City uses for transportation between job sites and conference destinations.

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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