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The City's 2015 greenhouse gas emissions are 4.6% below 2005 levels.
While Burlingame's GHG emissions represents just a sliver of emissions nationwide, the country is made up of thousands of cities like Burlingame that together can make a difference in reducing GHG emissions.
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Households can calculate their own carbon footprints using EPA's calculator here.
Vehicles are the largest source of emissions in our city at 67%.
While residential emissions are only 11% of the City's total emissions, they are emissions that we have direct control to reduce through energy efficiency and using renewable energy.
Cars and trucks are the largest source of emissions in Burlingame (and California) but are the most challenging to reduce. Choosing alternatives to driving alone such as, carpooling, walking, biking, and transit can help reduce GHG and other vehicle emission pollutants.
Waste emissions comprise 2% of the City's GHG emission inventory. Emissions from waste occur in landfills where methane is produced. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas emission that is 26 times more effective than carbon dioxide in capturing heat.
In landfills, waste undergoes anaerobic (without oxygen) decomposition that produces methane. In composting, waste goes through aerobic (with oxygen) decomposition which produces carbon dioxide at significantly lower levels than the methane emissions at landfills. That's why it is important to divert waste away from landfills and into composting and recycling instead.
GHG emissions from water use are comprised of the electricity it takes to pump water to our homes and businesses. The emissions make up a small component of our overall emissions inventory. However, it is key to reduce water use with consideration to drought conditions in California. Check out available water conservation rebates here.
Burlingame's greenhouse gas reduction target's align with California's targets:
- 15% below 2005 levels by 2020
- 40% below 2005 levels by 2030
- 50% below 2005 level by 2050
ECO100 is a 100% renewable energy rate offered by Peninsula Clean Energy. By switching to ECO100, homes and businesses purchase and use carbon-free electricity and significantly reduce their GHG emissions.
Depending on electricity usage, ECO100 can cost as little as $4 more per month for residents and $20 more a month for businesses. Exact costs can be calculate here.
The City is encouraging Burlingame residents and businesses to help us get to 500 ECO100 accounts. Sign up here to make the easy switch.
Electric Vehicles (EV) are part of the State's strategy to reduce GHG emissions. EV's do not directly emit any GHG or other pollutant emissions and can improve local air quality.
- Enroll in ECO100 - ECO100, Peninsula Clean Energy's 100% renewable electricity rate, is the easiest and cheapest way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, and purchase renewable energy.
- Try a commute alternative. Cars are the largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution in the Bay Area. Try alternatives to driving to work like biking, carpooling, and transit.
- Explore electric vehicles (EV) and take advantage of EV rebates and benefits. PG&E is offering $500 Clean Fuel Rebate for EVs. California offers up to $7,000 in EV rebates.
- Waste less, recycle more. Choose reusable over disposable, such as reusable water bottles over plastic bottles; reusable bags over plastic bags; and purchase products with minimal packaging. Aim for zero waste by composting and recycling as much as possible. Take our waste quiz to test your recycling knowledge.
- Recycle e-waste. Thrown away e-waste pollutes the environment and wastes precious metals that can be reused. Take your e-waste to Green Citizen or other drop-off services to recycle anything that plugs in or runs on batteries.
- Be water efficient. Update your toilet. Use low-flow showerheads and sink aerators. Use drought-tolerant landscaping. Check for broken sprinkler heads. Wash full loads of laundry. Check for leaks.
- Be energy efficient. Switch to LED lights. Insulate and weatherize your home. Use efficient appliances. Turn off the lights and gadgets not in use.