Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Targets
Executive Order NO. 2-2018: Regarding the County's Use of Renewable Energy for The Years 2018 and 2019 states Ulster County's GHG reduction goals:
1) Government Operations: "Ulster County will endeavor to operate a carbon neutral government and furthermore decrease greenhouse gas emissions associated with its operations (through conservation, efficiency, and on-site renewable generation) by 25% by 2025 and 80% by 2050 using the County's 2012 greenhouse gas emission inventory as a baseline."
2) Community: "Ulster County government shall ... set a goal of decreasing community wide greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2050 (below 1990 levels) using the regional GHG emissions inventory as a baseline."
2012 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Baseline & Report
The Ulster County Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Report summarizes the total amount of heat-trapping gases that are released into the atmosphere as a result of energy used in County operations and county-wide activity. Ulster County will use these baseline inventories to develop climate mitigation strategies and to measure future GHG reductions. Ulster County chose 2012 as a baseline year based on the availability and comprehensiveness of data. In 2012, operations in Ulster County were responsible for emitting 13,777 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MT CO2e). This is the same as driving a car 2.8 million miles in one year, which is almost the same distance as driving around the Earth 1,317 times. Read the full report here: The Ulster County Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Report.
Figure 1: Ulster County Government Operations GHG Emissions by Source (2012)