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Charlottesville Emissions Reports

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GHG Report CoversThis page includes summary information and downloadable .pdf files of the Charlottesville Emissions Reports. Report updates will be released periodically, approximately once every 5 years, to track emissions and inform policy and program initiatives and strategies. 

These reports follow from commitments made by the City of Charlottesville to reduce, measure, and track community-wide greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy use including the:

  • the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement (2006)
  • Comprehensive Plan (2007; 2013)
  • Charlottesville City Council Vision 2025: A Green City (2009)


2012 Charlottesville Emissions Report Update

Click 2012 GHG Report Cover image to download the reportOn 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: 

Community Wide
  • 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%. 
Municipal Focus 
  • 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

2012 Emissions Report Summary Infographic - Click to Download PDF

Download the 2012 Charlottesville Emissions Report Infographic Summary (.pdf)
Download the 2012 Charlottesville Emissions Report Update (.pdf) 

Charlottesville Emissions Baseline Report (2008)
GHG Report Baseline Cover - Click to Download ReportThe Charlottesville Emissions Baseline Report was released in 2008 and included data inventories from 2000 (baseline) and 2006. The City of Charlottesville compiled this greenhouse gas emissions inventory using software tools provided through the ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability organization. This "baseline" is an inventory of the activities within our community that contribute to our greenhouse gas emissions, and emissions of criteria air pollutants. Establishing a baseline enables us to set targets for reducing our emissions and our energy costs in the future. In the year of 2000, Charlottesville was responsible for nearly 900,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. That was enough for about 5 full hot air balloons per person!