Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory
Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are warming the planet, raising sea levels, and increasing the frequency of extreme weather events. Boynton Beach is joining thousands of cities around the world in committing to reduce greenhouse gases while also working to adapt to a changing climate. Tracking greenhouse gas emissions will help us meet our climate goals while saving money on energy costs.
The City of Boynton Beach hired Runbrook, LLC to conduct a 2015 greenhouse gas emissions inventory and compare with baseline data from calendar year 2006. Greenhouse gas emissions were calculated for City Operations and for the entire community of Boynton Beach.
Download the complete 2015 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory.
Emissions from City Operations include sources such as electricity used in City buildings, traffic lights, water and wastewater treatment, transportation fuel used by the City, solid waste generated by City staff, and refrigerants released from municipal equipment.
In total, City Operations emitted 29,758 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MT CO2e) in 2006 and 27,433 MT CO2e in 2015. This represents a 7.7% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2006 to 2015.
In 2010 the City set a goal of reducing emissions from City Operations 21% below 2006 levels by 2025, and 27% by 2035. As shown in the graph below, emissions are nearly on track to meet the 2035 goal, but will need to be reduced more sharply to meet the 2025 goal. To read about the City’s strategies for reducing emissions, download the Climate Action Plan 2.0.
Seventy-five percent of 2015 emissions from City Operations resulted from the City’s purchase of electricity. Remaining emissions were attributed to transportation fuel consumed by the City (16%), transportation fuel consumed by employees (5%), wastewater treatment (2%), solid waste (2%), refrigerants (0.1%), and heating fuel (0.1%).
Community greenhouse gas emissions include sources within city limits that the government has no direct control over, such as electricity purchased by residents and businesses, vehicle miles traveled within or through the city, and solid waste generated by the community.
The Boynton Beach community emitted a total of 945,765 MT CO2e in 2006 and 1,088,250 MT CO2e in 2015, a 15.1% increase. However, per capita emissions only increased by 3.8% because the city’s population increased from 66,714 in 2006 to 73,966 in 2015. No specific greenhouse gas reduction targets have been set for the Boynton Beach community.
In 2015, 50% of community-wide emissions came from vehicle travel (cars and trucks) and 45% came from electricity purchased by residents and businesses. Remaining emissions were attributed to solid waste (3%), natural gas (2%), fuel oil (1%), and diesel fuel used in public transportation (Palm Tran and Tri-Rail; 0.3%).