Carbon Reduction Achieved
by City Operations between
2007
and 2010
The City of Raleigh conducted a greenhouse gas
emissions inventory for municipal operations in 2010.
The base year selected for this emissions inventory
was 2007. In that base year, City Operations emitted
about 150,000 metric tons of carbon to the
atmosphere.
Through implementation of a number of programs and
projects, the City Operations reduced the amount of
greenhouse gases emitted in 2010 by about 10% – an
important achievement in the span of only a few years.
75,000
100,000
125,000
150,000
175,000
200,000
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
2022
Carbon Emissions (tonnes CO
2
e/yr)
City of Raleigh Carbon Emissions Projections (2007 - 2022)
Including Existing Projects Since 2007
Projected Net
Emissions with only
Existing Projects
2007
Baseline Emissions
10%
Reduction Target
20%
Reduction Target
Projected Emissions for “Business-as-
Usual” Considering City Growth
Early Successes for City Operations
An important initial step was to analyze the initiatives that
were put in place since the 2007 base year, established by
the greenhouse gas emissions inventory. The analysis
indicated that by 2011 – despite continued City growth and
expansion of services – Raleigh’s municipal operations had
achieved an impressive
10%
reduction…below 2007 levels.
The existing projects already implemented will continue to
serve the City and ensure net emissions are at least 15,000
tonnes less than “business-as-usual” for many years to
come. However, as growth continues, the percentage
reduction from the 2007 baseline will gradually erode as
shown in the chart below. Increased investments in
additional carbon reduction strategies will be needed to
hold greenhouse gas emissions at current levels and
maintain the “10% below 2007 levels” reduction target.