Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Mid-Atlantic Region
Regional Climate Connections
The greenhouse gas (GHG) emission data used to produce the charts and tables below came from two sources: One source is the GHG Data Publication Tool which provides data from large facilities required to report 2010 emissions under the GHG Reporting Rule (this data does not yet include source categories which will begin reporting 2011 emissions in September 2012). The second source of GHG emissions data is the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) which calculates the CO2 emissions from the burning of fossil fuels (which represent roughly 85% of greenhouse gas emissions).
For information regarding the location and fuel use of power plants in the region see our Power Plants in the Mid-Atlantic Region page.
Trend of CO2 from burning fossil fuel from 1990 to 2009
|CO2 trends 1990 to 2009|
Total CO2 from Fossil Fuels by Sector for States/Region (2009)
|Total CO2 in 2009 by state/region and sector (in million metric tons)|
Per Capita CO2 from Fossil Fuels by Sector for States/Region/Nation (2009)
|CO2 per capita in 2009 by state and sector (in million metric tons per person)|
Percentage CO2 from Fossil Fuels by Sector for States/Region/Nation (2009)
While the relative contributions of the various sectors in Delaware are similar to the national average, the contributions in the District of Columbia - with the exception of the transportation sector - are understandably very different. Whereas the commercial and residential sectors contribute much more, the industrial and electric power sectors (which only includes power generated, not power used) contribute much less.
In Maryland, the relative contribution of the industrial sector is greater than the national average while that of the transportion sector is less. The distribution among sectors in Pennsylvania is very similar to that in the nation.
The relative contributions of the sectors in Virginia are similar to the national average except that transportation is somewhat less and electric power is somewhat more. For West Virginia, the relative contribution of electric power is roughly twice the national average, while the contributions of the commercial, industrial and transportation sectors are less.
Overall, Region 3's relative contribution by the various sectors is very similar to that of the nation except that transportation contributes somewhat less while electric power contributes somewhat more.
|Percentage CO2 in 2007 by state/region and sector|
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- Pennsylvania's Draft Report, entitled "Pennsylvania Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Reference Case Projections" includes a summary of emissions from 1990 and 2003 as well as projections of emissions for 2005 through 2020.
- Climate Change Advisory Committee (CCAC)
- Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission's GHG Inventory
- Philadelphia's, Target 5: Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 20 Percent
- The Pittsburgh Climate Initiative's GHG Emissions Inventory
To find a person who can provide more detailed information regarding climate change issues go to EPA Regional Climate Change Contacts page.