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Building Energy Sources Tied to Increase in Carbon Dioxide Emissions

January 9, 2019

Facility managers dedicated to reducing their building’s carbon footprint will feel the pressure to step up their game after learning carbon dioxide emissions in the United States increased by 3.4 percent in 2018.

This increase in emissions is the largest since 2010 and the second largest in more than 20 years, according to research from the Rhodium Group, an independent economic policy research provider.

Although the transportation sector was the largest source of carbon dioxide for the third year in a row, the largest emissions growth in 2018 was attributed to buildings and industry. Direct emissions from residential and commercial buildings from heating and cooking sources increased an estimated 10 percent in 2018 to their highest level since 2004. While there have been modest improvements in the efficiency of oil and natural gas furnaces, they did not make up for the impact of population growth and increased demand for heating and other nonelectric building energy services.

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