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Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Mid-Atlantic Region

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The greenhouse gas (GHG) emission data used to produce the charts and tables below came from two sources: One source is the GHG Data Publication Tool which provides data from large facilities required to report 2010 emissions under the GHG Reporting Rule (this data does not yet include source categories which will begin reporting 2011 emissions in September 2012). The second source of GHG emissions data is the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) which calculates the CO2 emissions from the burning of fossil fuels (which represent roughly 85% of greenhouse gas emissions).

For information regarding the location and fuel use of power plants in the region see our Power Plants in the Mid-Atlantic Region page.

 

CO2 trends 1990 to 2009

Total CO2 from Fossil Fuels by States / Region

Per Capita Fossil Fuels by States / Region / Nation

Percentage CO2 by Sector for States / Region / Nation

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CO2 trends 1990 to 2009 - table

*Note that, while U.S. CO2 emissions have declined in recent years, global CO2 emissions continue to increase, thereby contributing to rising atmospheric Co2 concentrations.

CO2 trends 1990 to 2009
  DE DC MD PA VA WV Region 3 Nation
1990 17.8 4.4 70.7 265.5 95.4 106.8 560.7 5020
1991 17.8 4.4 69.7 258.2 96.7 98.1 544.9 4975
1992 17.8 4.4 67.8 266.6 98.1 100.2 554.8 5069
1993 19.2 4.6 70.1 268.6 102.3 100.8 565.5 5172
1994 18.6 4.5 71.3 265.8 101.0 108.6 569.7 5251
1995 17.9 4.4 70.8 268.3 103.3 106.6 581.4 5302
1996 18.5 4.4 72.9 273.5 108.1 107.2 584.7 5488
1997 17.3 4.3 73.2 278.1 110.7 111.0 594.5 5562
1998 16.6 4.1 75.9 263.7 111.9 113.0 585.2 5605
1999 16.8 4.2 78.6 261.8 114.0 114.6 589.9 5665
2000 17.0 4.3 78.2 274.4 122.6 113.8 610.3 5850
2001 16.4 4.1 78.6 261.8 120.7 105.6 587.1 5745
2002 16.3 4.2 78.6 268.3 119.3 118.2 604.9 5789
2003 16.9 3.9 81.0 271.2 123.1 114.7 610.9 5835
2004 17.0 4.0 82.9 275.4 127.7 112.6 619.6 5951
2005 17.7 3.9 84.5 277.8 129.4 114.3 627.8 5973
2006 16.2 3.2 77.7 271.6 122.3 113.3 604.4 5893
2007 17.1 3.4 78.2 275.2 127.9 115.4 617.3 5990
2008 16.3 3.1 74.9 261.9 117.5 111.2 584.9 5810
2009 12.1 3.2 71.6 243.4 106.5 89.1 525.9 5405

 

Total CO2 from Fossil Fuels by Sector for States/Region (2009)

Total CO2 states region - table

Total CO2 in 2009 by state/region and sector (in million metric tons)
  DE DC MD PA VA WV Region 3 Nation
Commercial 0.83 1.20 4.77 10.83 4.86 1.54 24.03 223.81
Industrial 1.54 0.04 4.72 35.78 12.88 9.79 64.74 899.59
Residential 1.02 0.82 6.48 19.99 6.88 1.81 37.01 338.15
Transportation 4.88 1.09 31.72 66.35 51.16 11.11 166.30 1858.86
Electric Power 3.78 0.04 23.93 110.42 30.77 64.85 233.78 2096.61
Total 12.05 3.18 71.63 243.37 106.55 89.09 525.87 5417.02

Per Capita CO2 from Fossil Fuels by Sector for States/Region/Nation (2009)

Per Capita CO2 states region - table

CO2 per capita in 2009 by state and sector (in million metric tons per person)
  DE DC MD PA VA WV Region 3 Nation
Commercial 0.92 1.94 0.82 0.85 0.60 0.83 0.80 0.76
Industrial 1.70 0.06 0.81 2.81 1.59 5.28 2.15 3.04
Residential 1.13 1.33 1.11 1.57 0.85 0.98 1.23 1.14
Transportation 5.38 1.76 5.44 5.21 6.32 5.99 5.53 6.29
Electric Power 4.17 0.06 4.11 8.67 3.80 34.95 7.78 7.09
Total 13.29 5.14 12.29 19.10 13.16 48.02 17.50 18.33

 

Percentage CO2 from Fossil Fuels by Sector for States/Region/Nation (2009)

Percentage CO2 Delaware - tablePercentage CO2 DC - table

While the relative contributions of the various sectors in Delaware are similar to the national average, the contributions in the District of Columbia - with the exception of the transportation sector - are understandably very different. Whereas the commercial and residential sectors contribute much more, the industrial and electric power sectors (which only includes power generated, not power used) contribute much less.

 

Percentage CO2 MD - tablePercentage CO2 PA - table

In Maryland, the relative contribution of the industrial sector is greater than the national average while that of the transportion sector is less. The distribution among sectors in Pennsylvania is very similar to that in the nation.

 

Percentage CO2 VA - tablePercentage CO2 WV - table

The relative contributions of the sectors in Virginia are similar to the national average except that transportation is somewhat less and electric power is somewhat more. For West Virginia, the relative contribution of electric power is roughly twice the national average, while the contributions of the commercial, industrial and transportation sectors are less.

 

Percentage CO2 Region - tablePercentage CO2 Nation - table

Overall, Region 3's relative contribution by the various sectors is very similar to that of the nation except that transportation contributes somewhat less while electric power contributes somewhat more.

 

State/Region
Percentage CO2 in 2007 by state/region and sector
  DE DC MD PA VA WV Region 3 Nation
Commercial 7% 38% 7% 4% 5% 2% 5% 4%
Industrial 13% 1% 7% 15% 12% 11% 12% 17%
Residential 9% 26% 9% 8% 6% 2% 7% 6%
Transportation 40% 34% 44% 27% 48% 12% 32% 34%
Electric Power 31% 1% 33% 45% 29% 73% 44% 39%
Total 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00

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