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Greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories support the work of the Climate Protection Program, established to pursue the City’s commitments to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with its community-wide activities.
This page includes summary information and downloadable .pdf files of the Charlottesville greenhouse gas inventories and reports. Updates will be released periodically to track emissions and inform policy and program initiatives and strategies.
2016 Greenhouse Gas Inventory
The 2016 Greenhouse Gas Inventory completes the requirements for Phase 1 of the Global Compact of Mayors and was submitted via CDP, one of the approved reporting platforms, in its 2018 reporting cycle. Per the Global Compact of Mayors standards, the 2016 inventory was developed according to the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories (GPC). Previous City of Charlottesville inventories were developed according to the U.S. Community Protocols. While a majority of items were required by both protocol standards, there were some differences, such as in the water and wastewater sector. These differences have been noted where they appear.
Considering the upcoming phases of the Global Compact of Mayors, this inventory document has been developed with the intent of providing data in a simple, clear format that can be utilized easily as an informational resource for analysis and community considerations regarding reduction commitments, reduction strategies and efforts, and resulting achievements.
Download the 2016 Greenhouse Gas Inventory (.pdf)
2012 Charlottesville Emissions Report Update
On April 1, 2013, the 2012 Charlottesville Emissions Report Update was presented to City Council. The Report Update includes 2000 and 2006 data from the Charlottesville Emissions Baseline Report and adds data for inventory years 2009 and 2011. Comparisons of 2000 and 2011 data provide these indications:
- The three largest community sectors for associated greenhouse gas emissions are Commercial (~26%), Residential (~19%), and Transportation (~17%).
- Since 2000, the Commercial and Residential sectors showed an increase in associated emissions; the Transportation sector showed a reduction.
- Community-wide greenhouse gas emissions increased between 2000 and 2011 by 7%.
- The municipal sector contributed 2.7% of the greenhouse gas emissions to the community’s total in 2011.
- Municipal operations* showed a greenhouse gas emissions decrease of 18% between 2000 and 2011.
* Note - Municipal operations includes three areas: (1) facilities operations, (2) streetlights & traffic signals; (3) fleet.
- The facilities operations area within the Municipal sector showed a 29.5% reduction of associated greenhouse gas emissions between 2000 and 2011.
Summary Infographic of the 2012 Charlottesville Emissions Report Update