As part of our climate action planning process, Blaine County began inventorying Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in 2007. In 2018, we collaborated with the other jurisdictions in the Wood River Valley and with ICLEI USA on a more current GHG emissions inventory. The resulting inventory provided data of Blaine County’s community-wide GHG emissions in 2018.
The report found that the Blaine County community was responsible for emitting 332,004 metric tons of CO2e in 2018, with emissions from transportation and the residential electricity sector contributing 74% of total emissions. We found that the single largest contributor is the transportation sector which accounts for 40% of emissions. The next largest contributor is residential energy with 34% of emissions. In comparison to our emissions data from 2007, total community-wide emissions were 71% higher in 2018. Actions to reduce emissions in both of these sectors are a key consideration in the development of our clean energy and climate action plan. For a more in-depth look at the emissions data, read the full report here.