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Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Vermont Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and Forecast reports provide annual estimates of the amount of human caused (anthropogenic) greenhouse gases emitted annually in Vermont.  The reports calculate emissions by sector and tracks the levels of greenhouse gas emissions for the state as accurately and consistently as possible through time, beginning with the 1990 baseline year, and is the metric by which we determine Vermont’s progress towards meeting the required emissions levels established in the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA).  Understanding the emissions contributions of each sector to the total statewide emissions, as well as the sources within each sector, is important in terms of the GWSA requirements but is also necessary to prioritize mitigation strategies and inform policy decisions.  There is a lag between the most recent year covered in the inventory reports and real time which is due to the availability of the data and tools used in the calculations.  Sectors within the GHG inventory include:

  • Transportation/mobile sources
  • Residential/Commercial/Industrial (RCI) Fuel Use
  • Agriculture
  • Industrial Processes
  • Electricity
  • Waste
  • Fossil Fuel Industry
  • Land-Use, Land Use Change, and Forestry (LULUCF)

The latest Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and Forecast Report can be found below:

The first comprehensive GHG inventory report was calculated and produced by the Center for Climate Studies in 2007 for the Governor’s Commission on Climate Change and is the basis for much of the current inventory reports.  That Final Vermont Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Reference Case Projections, 1990-2030 report can be found below: