DOEE regularly tracks the District’s greenhouse gas emissions in order to measure our progress towards reducing emissions 50% by 2032 and 100% by 2050. Greenhouse gas inventories identify the major sources of greenhouse gasses and measure how much they pollute. Major sources include energy used by homes and buildings, transportation, and solid waste. We track emissions across the District using the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC), as well as from our own government operations, using the Local Government Operations Protocol (LGO Protocol).
The first District greenhouse gas inventory was completed in 2006 and updated in 2011 and 2013. During that time emissions fell 23% citywide and 21% from District government operations – on pace to meet our goals.