Citywide Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent by 2015, and 30 percent by 2025 using 2006 as a baseline.
Greenhouse gas emissions from the community have declined nearly 15 percent between 2006 and 2012. Major drivers of this change are an increasingly cleaner electricity supply, less natural gas consumption, and fewer emissions from the airport.
Emissions declined by over seven percent between 2011 and 2012. This change was driven in part by a change in the greenhouse gas intensity of electricity provided by Xcel Energy, which decreased by about 11 percent from 2011. Electricity consumption in the city actually went up in 2012, showing the importance of a clean electricity supply to the city’s greenhouse gas emissions goals. 2012 saw record warm temperatures in Minneapolis and throughout the state, and had 14% fewer heating degree days than 2011, reducing residential and commercial natural gas consumption. Total vehicle miles traveled increased slightly in 2012, primarily on the interstate highway system, consistent with an economic recovery.
The methodology for estimating the community's greenhouse gas emissions can be found in the Minneapolis Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report.
Last updated May 15, 2014