Carbon pollution from power plants has decreased 10 percent from 2010, according to EPA data.
The agency yesterday released its third year of greenhouse gas data detailing carbon pollution emissions and trends broken down by industrial sector, greenhouse gas, geographic region and individual facility. The data, required to be collected annually by Congress, highlight a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions as more utilities switch from coal to cleaner burning natural gas for electricity generation. They also shows a slight decrease in electricity production, according to the EPA.
For reporting year 2012, more than 8,000 facilities and suppliers reported to the EPA’s greenhouse gas reporting program. Among these reporters, 7,809 facilities in nine industry sectors reported direct emissions to the atmosphere, with emissions totaling 3.13 billion metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), or about half of total US greenhouse gas emissions.
Fossil-fuel fired power plants remain the largest source of US greenhouse gas emissions. With just under 1,600 facilities emitting more than 2 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2012, these plants account for about 40 percent of total US carbon pollution.
Greenhouse gases emitted through human activities such as transportation and power generation are the primary driver of recent climate change, the agency says.
The EPA’s reporting program collects annual greenhouse gas information from facilities in...