US power plants emissions fell by 6.2% in 2015

Greenhouse gas emissions from power plants in the US fell by 6.2% in 2015. They emitted around two billion metric tons, accounting for 30% of the country’s GHG pollution, new […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Greenhouse gas emissions from power plants in the US fell by 6.2% in 2015.

They emitted around two billion metric tons, accounting for 30% of the country’s GHG pollution, new data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revealed.

The data gathered is from more than 8,000 large facilities in the country, out of which 1,500 are power plants.

It added emissions from all facilities were 3.05 billion metric tons which is around half of the total pollution in the nation.

That’s 4.9% lower than 2014, the EPA stated.

Petroleum and natural gas systems were the second largest stationary source of emissions at 231 million metric tons, 1.6% lower than in 2014.

Emissions from other large sources in the industrial and waste sectors were 852 million metric tons in total, 1.6% down compared to two years ago.

Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation said: “Under the President’s Climate Action Plan, EPA is taking steps to ensure a safer future for our children and grandchildren. The Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program is supporting this by providing high-quality, long-term data for the largest emitters and contributing important details on greenhouse gas emissions trends. The program is showing us that the trend is moving in the right direction.”