Thursday, January 12, 2012

EPA Makes Available 2010 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data from Large Facilities

The USEPA has issued, for the first time, "comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) data reported directly from large facilities and suppliers across the country." The data are the first made accessible to the public through EPA’s GHG Reporting Program.   According to EPA, "the 2010 GHG data released today includes public information from facilities in nine industry groups that directly emit large quantities of GHGs, as well as suppliers of certain fossil fuels."

The public can now go online to "view and sort GHG data for calendar year 2010 from over 6,700 facilities in a variety of ways—including by facility, location, industrial sector, and the type of GHG emitted. This information can be used by communities to identify nearby sources of GHGs, help businesses compare and track emissions, and provide information to state and local governments."

In their press release, EPA notes that "GHG data for direct emitters show that in 2010:
•Power plants were the largest stationary sources of direct emissions with 2,324 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (mmtCO2e), followed by petroleum refineries with emissions of 183 mmtCO2e.

•CO2 accounted for the largest share of direct GHG emissions with 95 percent, followed by methane with 4 percent, and nitrous oxide and fluorinated gases accounting for the remaining 1 percent.

•100 facilities each reported emissions over 7 mmtCO2e, including 96 power plants, two iron and steel mills and two refineries."

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