Davidson Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory First Step To Carbon Neutrality Goal
Results from the first Town of Davidson greenhouse gas inventory for government operations found four sectors—buildings, streetlights, vehicle fleet, and employee commutes—produced almost 95% of the town’s total CO2 emissions. Compiling utility and fuel data from 2019, this inventory is one of the first and most assertive steps the town has taken toward meeting the ambitious goal of carbon neutrality for municipal operations by 2037. The goal and inventory were introduced in the Davidson Sustainability Framework, which was adopted by the Board of Commissioners in April 2021. The results are essential to laying out plans for the next steps in addressing greenhouse gas pollution. By putting numbers to these sectors, town staff can be sure that they are tackling issues with the highest impact every step of the way.
“Davidson is one of more than 30 local governments who are responding to climate change in North Carolina,” said Davidson Mayor Rusty Knox. “We are committed to taking the lead, and this inventory is just the beginning.”
Going forward, the 2019 baseline inventory will be a solid foundation for future inventories. In the long term, the town hopes to conduct a community-wide greenhouse gas inventory which would include data from private households and businesses as well as commission a comprehensive Climate Action Plan. Davidson town staff, a Davidson College Sustainability Scholar Intern, and the Sustainability Committee helped lead this effort.
To view the results of the study and for additional information, visit the town’s Sustainability webpage at www.townofdavidson.org/sustainability