What is this indicator?
Greenhouse gas emissions are generated from the combustion of fossil fuels through electricity generation, natural gas use in buildings and vehicle fuels, from the decomposition of waste from agriculture and landfills, and from deforestation. Santa Monica's emission sources are from building energy use, landfilled waste and vehicle fuel use. It is measured here in terms of metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (MTCO2e). This metric captures carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrous oxide (NO2) and methane (CH4) in a singular metric. The target is a 20% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels by 2020.
Why is it important?
How are we doing?
How can I help?
- Lower your greenhouse gas emissions by:
- Taking transit, biking, or walking instead of driving when possible
- Investing in an electric vehicle
- Installing solar at your home or business
- Improving energy efficiency. Learn about energy savings and rebate programs here
- Reducing meat and dairy consumption