U.S. government releases new summary of greenhouse gases for 2001

April 1, 2003 — The Energy Information Administration has released a summary of the Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases for 2001.

This summary version of the annual report on Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Program (established under Section 1605(b) of the Energy Policy Act of 1992) was released in PDF format on February 19, 2003.

The summary is now available in HTML format at http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/1605/vrrpt/summary/index.html.

The reporting program records the results of voluntary measures to reduce, avoid, or sequester greenhouse gas emissions. A total of 228 U.S. companies and other organizations reported to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) that, during 2001, they had undertaken 1,705 projects to reduce or sequester greenhouse gases.

The reported greenhouse gas emission reductions for the projects reported included 222 million metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent of direct reductions, 71 million metric tons of indirect reductions, 8 million metric tons of reductions from carbon sequestration, and 15 million metric tons of unspecified reductions.

Of the 228 entities reporting to the program for 2001, 109 organizations were reporting at the entity level, and 104 calculated their 2001 entity-wide greenhouse gas emissions.

These entities reported direct greenhouse gas emissions of 903 million metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent, equal to about 15 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2001. Also reported by these organizations were 147 million metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent of indirect emissions, equal to 2 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2001.

One hundred seven entity-level reporters also reported emission reductions, including 169 million metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent of direct emission reductions, 28 million metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent of indirect emission reductions, and 7 million metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent of emission reductions resulting from carbon sequestration projects.
More tables and charts are available on EIA’s web site, http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/1605/vrrpt/summary/index.html.

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