New greenhouse gas report shows emissions have dropped – but still too high – Rutland Herald

A newly released state report shows that in 2016, the latest year for which data is available, greenhouse gas emissions in Vermont dropped 4%. But they’re still way over the legislature’s goals.

"Most of the reductions came from the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors, with small decreases in waste and agricultural sectors, the report states. Meanwhile, increases were seen from the industrial processes, fossil fuel industry and transportation sectors. “The vast majority of Vermont’s emissions, over 70%, come from fossil fuels used for how we get around and how we heat our homes and buildings,” said Jared Duval, executive director of the Energy Action Network, a nonprofit network of businesses, nonprofits and other entities with the stated goal of helping the state reach its emissions goals.

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