Report shows emissions increased during 2004
Fossil fuel combustion attributed 80 percent of
the total increase of greenhouse gas emissions
Washington, DC— EPA’s
latest report on greenhouse gas emissions, prepared for the United
Nations Framework on Climate Change, indicated that the United
States is making progress in reducing the emissions of some critical
gases as it works toward cutting greenhouse gas intensity by 18
percent by 2012. The report analyzes the sources of greenhouse
The report shows that both methane
and nitrous oxide emissions have decreased from 1990 levels by
10 percent and two percent, respectively. Overall, greenhouse
gas emissions during 2004 increased by 1.7 percent from the previous
year. This increase, which occurred during a period of economic
expansion, was due primarily to an increase in carbon dioxide
emissions associated with fuel and electricity consumption. Fossil
fuel combustion was the largest source of emissions, accounting
for 80 percent of the total.
This report is the latest in
an annual set of reports that the United States submits to the
Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate
Change, which sets an overall framework for intergovernmental
efforts to tackle the challenge posed by climate change.
The “Inventory of U.S.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2004” report: http://www.epa.gov/globalwarming/publications/emissions.