State: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Below 1990 Levels

A state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection  report released today  finds that Connecticut’s greenhouse gas emissions are now below levels put into the air back in 1990.

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Robert Klee says the state is on track to emit ten percent less greenhouse gas pollution than twenty-four years ago.

The biggest reduction we have seen has been in the electric power sector, where emissions fell 31 percent from 1990 levels, and 22 percent from 2005 levels,” Klee said.

The report says less pollution is being emitted because of energy efficiency programs, a shift to cleaner-burning natural gas and the economic downturn. The slow economy was a bigger factor after 2007.

The report says the most recent numbers actually indicate a slight uptick in emissions between 2009 and 2010.

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