Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan | Non-Travel Energy
This tool enables users to explore a city’s potential energy futures through an interactive diagram that shows forecasted city-wide greenhouse gas emissions from building energy consumption. Starting with historic baseline data and a business-as-usual forecast, users can set reduction goals and visualize the predicted impacts of reduction “wedges” that can be achieved through actions taken by residents, businesses, utilities, and local and state governments. Three reduction strategies that represent the impacts of existing policies are shown by default, including: Commercial/Industrial Energy Code Enforcement, Residential Energy Code Enforcement, and Planned Portfolio Mix Changes. The tool only evaluates non-travel energy, which comprises 55% of statewide emissions. To comprehensively address city-wide emissions, local governments should also consider vehicle travel, air travel, waste, wastewater, and agricultural emissions.
This tool was developed by LHB in partnership with the University of Minnesota's Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy, with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Energy. To learn more, check out the methodology document.
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