New York: Emissions and Emissions Reduction Targets

SOURCE: ENE analysis using EPA State Inventory Tool and State Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets

This chart shows state emissions trends (historical and projected) and emissions reduction targets, offering a picture of New York’s progress to date.

This chart shows total greenhouse gas emissions by sector, and tracks emissions trends in New York from 1990 through 2010.

This chart presents New York’s generation mix in 2001 and 2011, depicts a shift away from coal and petroleum in favor of renewables and natural gas.

Total state emissions have declined in the last decade, but transportation emissions have remained relatively high and now make up a larger percentage overall.

This chart compares motor gasoline emissions to forest sequestration in 2000 and 2010 to demonstrate how forests can offset emissions in other sectors.

All eight northeastern states have emissions reduction targets. In order to compare emissions trends with long-term targets, ENE extended EPA State Inventory Tool emissions projections out to 2050. According to ENE analysis and inventory data, New York is not on track to meet its 2050 target if current emissions trends continue.

As part of ClimateVision 2020, ENE completed comprehensive greenhouse gas inventories for the eight northeastern states. New York’s total emissions have fluctuated over the inventory period, with 2010 total emissions slightly lower than 1990 emissions.  The largest source of emissions is the transportation sector, which now contributes 35% of total state emissions, up from 30% in 2001. Transportation sector emissions have not declined in step with declines in overall state emissions. New York’s in-state generation portfolio has shifted over the last decade. Natural gas and renewables make up a larger percentage of the portfolio mix in 2011 relative to 2001, while the proportion of coal and petroleum declined. This shift to lower-carbon generation sources is largely responsible for declining electric power emissions.

The carbon dioxide removed and stored by forests each year fluctuates according to harvest practices and changes in land use. New York has consistently been the largest carbon sink in the region.  Despite high transportation emissions, the state’s forests were able to offset 36% of motor gasoline emissions in 2010.