Reducing GHG emissions is the primary method to mitigate climate change. A GHG emissions inventory quantifies the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere by activities in a defined area over a specific time period. It provides information on the activities that cause emissions and background on the methods used to make the calculations.
Policy makers use GHG emissions inventories to track emission trends, develop strategies and policies to reduce GHG emissions, and assess progress toward meeting reduction goals.
In February 2009, the City of Richmond completed its first ever GHG emissions inventory with the assistance of the non-profit organization ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability
. The inventory quantifies and details community-wide GHG emissions generated within the City’s boundaries and GHG emissions generated from the government’s operations. In May 2010, a Goldman School of Public Policy student completed a report
providing key recommendations for developing a Climate Action Plan.
The emissions inventory will enable the City to develop effective policies and programs that will effectively reduce GHG emissions.