In 2017, Concord voted to align its goals with the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008 and the Paris Climate Accord to achieve a minimum 25% town-wide reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2020 and an 80% reduction by 2050 from a 2008 baseline.
Concord's GHG inventory report calculates community-wide emissions for the years 2008 and 2016 and establishes a methodology that can be replicated in subsequent years to track progress toward our emission reduction goals.
Concord's GHG emissions decreased by 6% from 2008 to 2016.
The emissions decrease was largely driven by:
Increased renewable generation
Lower emitting sources of electricity
A decrease in electricity use in the commercial sector
More efficiency energy use in homes
From the 2008 baseline:
Electricity emissions decreased by 26%
#2 Fuel Oil emissions decreased by 19%
All other sources of emissions increased
GHG Emissions by Sector (MTCO2e)
GHG Emissions by Source
We have a long way to go to reach our GHG reduction goals.
In 2016, 60% of Concord's emissions came from buildings, 37% from transportation, and 3% from waste.
Sustainability is a team effort. Let's to work together to reduce our emissions.
In 2019, we also completed a wedge analysis to analyze the emissions reduction potential of 5 actions - changes to vehicles standards, electric vehicle incentives, air-source heat pump incentives, energy efficient buildings, and zero carbon electricity. Combined, these actions could reduce our community-wide emissions by 35% of more. Download the full report.
What's next? Developing a Climate Action Plan. More information coming in 2019.