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Roadmap to an eco-friendly future

County’s Climate Action Plan in motion, greenhouse gas study completed

— Kim Lundgren, senior project manager at VHB, said it is typical for building and facilities to account for the largest portion of emissions.

“In a government that doesn’t own a wastewater treatment plant or a landfill this is a very typical breakdown that you would see,” Lundgren said. “The idea is looking at what county government has control over.”

The community inventory looked at aggregate data for the entire county, which included residents, businesses, municipal and county operations and visitors.

“While Schenectady County and the government is trying to lead by example, in order to address greenhouse gas emissions in Schenectady County we all have to think about things that we can do,” Lundgren said.

2010 countywide emissions totaled more than 1.3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions. Buildings and facilities again accounted for the largest portion, falling at 64 percent or 838,084 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions. Within the buildings sector, natural gas was the leading cause for emissions at 47 percent and electricity came in fairly close at 43 percent. Fuel oil and propane represented a small amount at 10 percent of the total emissions.

The transportation and motorized equipment sector was the second largest cause of emissions at 27 percent of the countywide total. The remaining emission sources were fugitive emissions (4 percent), solid waste disposal (3 percent), water treatment and agriculture (both 1 percent).

For information on the Climate Action Plan visit the county’s website at www.schenectadycounty.com.

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