Latest GHG Inventory shows California remains below 2020 emissions target
The California Air Resources Board today released GHG emissions data for 2019 showing further reductions below 1990 levels , while the economy grew by 4.3 percent. The data shows a slight increase in overall emissions from the previous year, and a slight decline in emissions from transportation, which is the state’s main source of both GHGs and air pollutants.
The total, statewide 2018 GHG emissions were 418.2 million metric tons, compared to 425.4 million metric tons in 2018, almost 13 million metric tons below the 2020 target. Transportation emissions declined 3.5 million metric tons between 2018 and 2019, and electricity generation emissions dropped 4.3 million metric tons. Per capita GHG emissions in California have dropped from a 2001 peak of 14.0 tons per person to 10.5 tons per person in 2019, a 25 percent decrease and is about half of the national average for per capita emissions.
News Release, July 28, 2021