Overview

The City of Springfield generates greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) as it lights, heats, and cools its buildings, fuels its fleet of vehicles, and disposes of solid waste and wastewater. GHGs trap heat in the atmosphere and disrupt the climate, leading to lasting changes in our climate and more frequent extreme weather events.

mtCO2e

Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent

The amount of heat each greenhouse gas traps varies by the type of gas released. For example, one unit of methane traps 25 times more heat than the same unit of carbon dioxide (CO2). Because we produce more CO2 than any other GHG we use it to represent total GHG emissions – so we determine the equivalent amount of CO2 emitted for each gas. This is called carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). For example, we would multiply methane emissions by 25 to get the CO2e. So when you see GHG emission with the unit CO2e, it means that it includes all greenhouse gasses emitted. CO2 and CO2e are measured in weight, with million tons being the most common unit. The City measures our GHGs in mtCO2e.

Our Data & Goals
  • 41,990 mtCO2e

     

    2015

    Baseline
  • 33,592 mtCO2e

     

    2020

    Goal
Our Data & Goals
2015

Baseline

41,990mtCO2e

 
2020

Goal

33,592mtCO2e

 
Charts & Graphs

What Does this Graph Show Us?

The graph at the left is showing the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for municipal operations in 2015 (blue dot) and the path we need to take (green line) to achieve our 2020 goal (green dot).

What Does this Chart Show Us?

The pie chart at the left shows us how the GHG emissions breakdown within government operations. Buildings and Waste/Wastewater are the sectors releasing the most GHGs into our atmosphere.

What Does this Chart Show Us?

The pie chart at the left shows the breakdown of GHG emissions based on the source- the fossil fuel or process that generates GHGs. Electricity and natural gas are the largest contributors. We can reduce these emissions by adopting energy efficiency strategies and technologies and by switching to renewable energy sources.

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How You Can Help

  • Take an online home energy audit

    The easiest way to start understanding your opportunities for saving money on heating, cooling, and electricity in your home is with an online home energy assessment through Mass Save. Check it out today.

     

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  • Consider Biking or Taking Transit for Your Commute

    Walk, bike or take transit whenever possible. These forms of transportation emit very little GHG emissions—especially when compared to driving! (Feel like your walking, biking, or transit options could be improved? Advocate for complete streets and better transit service!)

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  • Calculate Your Carbon Footprint

    Calculate your carbon footprint to understand which of your activities emit the most GHG emissions. Using the result, tailor your actions!

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