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GHG emissions down 2 percent in 2008

4 December 2009– A report from the Energy Information Administration said total greenhouse gas emissions fell 2.2 percent in 2008.

The report, “Emissions of Greenhouse Gases in the United States 2008,” said total U.S. GHG emissions were 7,053 million metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e) in 2008, a decrease of 2.2 percent from 2007.

Total estimated emissions included 5,839.3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (82.8 percent of the total GHG emissions), 737.4 MMTCO2e of methane (10.5 percent of the total), 300.3 MMTCO2e nitrous oxide (4.3 percent of the total) and 175.6 MMTCO2e of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), 2.5 percent of total emissions.

Emissions of energy-related CO2 fell 2.9 percent in 2008 thanks in part to an increase in Gross Domestic Product, a decrease in energy use per GDP and a decrease in CO2 emissions per unit of energy.

Methane emissions rose 2.0 percent and nitrous oxide emissions rose 0.1. Based on partial data emissions of HFCs, PFCs and SF6 was up 3.1 percent.
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