The City of San Carlos has just released its Community-Wide Baseline Greenhouse Gas Inventory, available on the City's web site. [11/24/2008 update: the City has moved the report again. Try this link: Report on the Community-Wide Greenhouse Gas Invent - Timeline for San Carlos Climate Action Plan - Aug 5 2008.doc] This report, and accompanying summary information, will be presented to the City Council at its meeting on Monday, August 11, 2008.
Highlights of the Report:
"In the base year 2005, the community of San Carlos emitted approximately 229,193 metric tons of CO2e [CO2 equivalency] . . . [T]he transportation (50%) and residential (21%) sectors were the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Emissions from the commercial sector, waste, and industrial uses contributed 20%, 5%, and 4% respectively. . . . The burning of gasoline, electricity, and natural gas was responsible for most of the greenhouse gas emissions in San Carlos with 48%, 23%, and 22%. The remaining categories, with the exception of diesel, are landfill materials that emitted methane and carbon dioxide."
If you would like to be involved in setting the greenhouse gas emission reduction goals and strategic plan, we invite you to attend the next meeting of the Climate Action Plan subcommittee of the City's General Plan Advisory Committee, on August 19th, 11 AM- 1 PM, in the City Hall West Gallery Conference Room.