The 2015 Regional Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, commissioned by CMAP and produced by ICF, provides a summary of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated within the seven-county Chicago region during the year 2015. The inventory was designed to comply with the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories (GPC) Basic level requirements. The report document also contains an updated, GPC-compliant inventory for the year 2010, as well as a detailed analysis of emissions trends from 2010 to 2015.
The 2015 inventory shows that approximately two thirds (69 percent) of the region’s GHG emissions come from stationary energy, including electricity and natural gas consumption for homes and businesses. Transportation accounts for 29 percent of the region’s GHG emissions, and waste and wastewater accounts for the remaining 3 percent. Breakdowns of total and per capita emissions for each County and the City of Chicago are available within the report.
Maintaining an accurate inventory of GHG emissions is critically important for developing and monitoring climate change mitigation strategies. The results of this inventory have informed the climate mitigation targets and strategy recommendations contained within ON TO 2050, and will be considered in future planning efforts conducted by CMAP and partner agencies.