Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The City of Springfield recognizes that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from human activity are exacerbating climate change. It is anticipated the long-term impacts of climate change will have major impacts on the City’s infrastructure, people and environment. Additionally, Springfield’s most vulnerable populations are likely to bear the burden of the impacts created by a changing climate. The City has set an ambitious goal to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050. To hit this target, Springfield officials, residents, businesses and visitors will all need to play a role in implementing this climate action plan.
All GHGs naturally absorb heat in our atmosphere, keeping it warmer than it would be if those gasses were not released into the air. The amount of heat each 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.
What Does this Graph Show Us?
This line graph shows the 2015 level of GHG emissions (green dot) and the level we hope to get to by 2050 (blue dot). As you can see there is a lot of work to do to get there. We need everyone’s help.
What Does this Chart Show Us?
The pie chart at the left shows us how the GHG emissions breakdown throughout the community. Springfield’s community emissions come almost entirely from our cars, trucks, and buses and the energy we use to heat, cool, and light our buildings. This is where we must focus our efforts to meet our ambitious GHG reduction goals.
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.More Information
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!)More Information
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!More Information
Find out where you can save energy in your home with a thermal image!
ener-G-save uses thermal imaging to help Pioneer Valley homeowners learn how they can make their homes more comfortable, valuable and energy efficient! Check them out!More Information
The City of Springfield has announced the creation of the Facilities and Sustainability Engineer position for the City of Springfield.Full Article
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