EPA releases 2010 GHG data

For the first time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released greenhouse gas (GHG) data reported directly from large facilities and suppliers as a part of its GHG Reporting Program.

EPA’s online data publication tool allows users to view GHG data for 2010 from the largest GHG emitting facilities in the U.S. Users can navigate over 6,700 facilities in a variety of ways—including by facility, location, industrial sector, and the type of GHG emitted. For example, power industry users can use the tool to view GHG emissions from power facilities within certain geographic regions.

The GHG data collected from 2010 showed that power plants were the largest stationary sources of direct GHG emissions, with 2,324 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (mmtCO2e). The data also revealed that 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.

Additionally, the data shows that 100 facilities each reported emissions over 7 mmtCO2e, including 96 power plants.

Mandated by Congress through the FY2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act, EPA launched the GHG Reporting Program in October 2009.

“The GHG Reporting Program data provides a critical tool for businesses and other innovators to find cost- and fuel-saving efficiencies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and foster technologies to protect public health and the environment,” said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.

To access EPA’s GHG Reporting Program Data and Data Publication Tool, go to http://epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ghgdata/.

For more information on the GHG Reporting Program, go to http://epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ghgrulemaking.html.

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