Greenhouse Gas Emissions Continue to Decline as the American Economy Flourishes Under the Trump Administration

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WASHINGTON (November 9, 2020) — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released 2019 greenhouse gas (GHG) data collected under the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP). These data show that between 2018 and 2019 total reported GHG emissions from large facilities fell nearly 5%. These most recent data are consistent with the decade long trend in which total reported GHG emissions from large facilities decreased by more than 14% from 2011 to 2019. Notably, this downward trend in reported in GHG emissions has occurred even as the program began tracking more sources during this timeframe. With respect to power plant emissions specifically, GHG emissions from this sector decreased by 25% between 2011 and 2019.  

“President Trump was right to leave the Paris Climate Accords. We have done more to reduce our GHG emissions over the past four years than our international competitors who cling to the ceremonial and arbitrary agreement,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler

This is the tenth year of data collection for most sectors under the GHGRP. As directed by Congress, EPA collects annual, facility-level emissions data from major industrial sources, including power plants, oil and gas production and refining, iron and steel mills, and landfills. GHGRP also collects activity data from upstream fossil fuel and industrial gas suppliers. More than 8,000 direct emitters and suppliers report GHG data to GHGRP.

While the data collected is useful from an informational perspective, it also serves to assist industry in evaluating opportunities for further GHG emission reductions. The information can be used as well to identify nearby sources of greenhouse gas emissions, compare facilities and industries, track emissions from one year to the next, inform policy at the state and local level, and provide important information to the finance and investment communities.

Each year, EPA publishes the greenhouse gas data it collects in its online Facility Level Information on Greenhouse Gases Tool (FLIGHT). FLIGHT allows users to view reported data by region, industry, or specific greenhouse gas. Users can also download data-generated lists and view facility emissions in interactive maps, tables and charts. EPA will be holding an informational webinar to demonstrate this greenhouse gas data publication tool, including new features and a tutorial on common searches.



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