Government Operations GHG Inventory for 2019 – 2020
View the Town of Queensbury Greenhouse Gas Inventory for Government Operations:
From NYSDEC Climate Smart Communities Certification Actions:
A greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory is one of the first and most important steps in the local climate action process. A local government operations GHG inventory is an accounting, analysis, and report of the GHG emissions resulting from the day-to-day operations of a village, town, city, or county. It summarizes the GHG emissions from the consumption of energy and materials in government buildings, from wastewater and water treatment facilities, from municipal vehicle fleets, from government-owned outdoor lighting, and from other sources. All Climate Smart Communities should prioritize GHG inventories as a foundational step toward effective action. GHG inventories provide the data needed to set realistic goals and track progress toward reducing operating costs, energy use, and emissions.
GHG inventory reports identify the largest energy users and sources of GHG emissions (e.g., by building, sector, or department). As a result, GHG inventories help local governments select actions that offer a good return on investment and should be highlighted in subsequent climate action planning. Over time, as a local government builds its capacity to conduct GHG inventories on a regular basis, the process helps to increase the ability of the local government to operate efficiently and use taxpayer resources effectively.