Greenhouse Gas Emissions
A key part of developing Cleveland's Climate Action Plan involves calculating the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that result from energy use, transportation, industrial activities, and waste. This GHG inventory, or carbon footprint, in the base year of 2010 was 12,791,966 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e). For comparison, 1 MTCO2e is the same as driving 2,000 miles in a car that averages 23 miles per gallon, or flying 3,700 miles by commercial airline (e.g. one round-trip from Cleveland to Las Vegas).
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the City of Cleveland from 2010 to 2016 are shown below. Since 2010, the City has seen a 2 percent reduction in overall GHG emissions from 12.8 to 12.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MT CO2e). If industrial process emissions are not included, we see an 10% reduction in the overall city GHG emissions. This reduction has occurred while at the same time economic activity has increased in the region and population numbers have stabilized.
Source: City of Cleveland
City of Cleveland GHG Emissions 2010-2016 by Source