Inventory shows heating, driving are challenges in Concord’s drive to 100% renewable energy

Monitor staff
Published: 9/26/2020 3:55:48 PM

Everybody talks about cutting their greenhouse-gas emissions to help limit the damage of climate change, but it’s hard to say you’ve cut them unless you know what you’re emitting in the first place.

That’s the thinking behind a just-released Greenhouse Gas Inventory for Concord, put together by the city and Amina Grant, a UNH Sustainability Fellow, as part of the city’s drive to 100% renewable energy.

Here are some high points from the inventory of emissions in 2019:

■Heating buildings was 35% of emissions, followed by transportation fuel (28%), electricity use (18%), and industrial processes (15%). The city’s goal is to get all its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, but doing the same for heating and driving, which are much harder to tackle, wouldn’t happen until 2050.

■Tree cover offsets about 2.5% of annual emissions

■Commercial sector releases roughly half of emissions, residential almost half, local government about 2%

■“In 2019, the Concord community released an estimated 495,905 metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent (MT CO2e). For context, a metric ton is about the weight of a small car.”

The entire analysis on the city website at AMID=191.

It includes a whole slew of recommendations. A lot of them are variations of “weatherize the building to reduce energy use.”

(David Brooks can be reached at 369-3313 or or on Twitter @GraniteGeek.)


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