EPA releases GHG emissions data

By Staff | December 20, 2013

The U.S. EPA has released its third year of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data. The data set includes information gathered from several thousand of the largest industrial operations in the U.S., and can be broken down by industrial sector, GHG type, geographic region and individual facility. Overall, approximately 8,000 facilities are represented. 

For ethanol producers, the 2012 data set tracks 166 reporting facilities that together emit 17.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. Emissions from the sector dropped from the previous year’s level of 18.1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. 

“EPA is supporting President Obama’s Climate Action Plan by providing the high-quality data necessary to help guide common-sense solutions to address climate change,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Putting this data in the hands of the public increases transparency, supports accountability, and unlocks innovation.”