Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report Stepping Stone for Improvements in County

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CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH — The Cuyahoga County Department of Sustainability received approval Monday from the Board of Control to hire a consultant to work on a report on the county’s greenhouse gas emissions for a second year in an effort to continue implementing more sustainable practices and create positive environmental change for the people of Cuyahoga County. The Brendle Group will complete the assessment and report the findings to the County.

The Brendle Group is an engineering and planning firm focused on helping increase sustainability efforts through the intersections of climate, energy and water. The compiled assessment will help the County in its efforts to minimize impacts from climate change and develop strategies to target greenhouse gas mitigation efforts. The report is conducted in tandem with the City of Cleveland’s sustainability efforts to create a more holistic assessment.

“The work to improve our sustainability practices in Cuyahoga County is critical to the county’s future,” said County Executive Armond Budish. “Data will help guide our efforts to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.”

The report will be completed by the beginning of 2020 and results will be used to complement sustainability efforts already in place.

Results from the first greenhouse gas emissions report for the county showed that total emissions decreased by 10 percent from 2010-2017. This decrease is mostly attributable to natural gas replacing coal in the energy grid and an increase in energy efficiency. Data also revealed an eight percent decrease in natural gas consumption and emissions and a 30 percent total reduction in emissions from electricity overall.

“The first emissions report showed that the county is on the right track,” said Director of Sustainability, Mike Foley. “The Brendle Group will continue to help the County with suggestions and improvements on how to handle climate change—a global issue that local governments can work to slow down.”