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November 05, 2003

EIA: U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Grew 0.5 Percent in 2002

DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced on October 31st that U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases increased only 0.5 percent in 2002, despite a 1.0 percent increase in energy use. Although total carbon dioxide emissions?mostly due to energy use?increased by 0.8 percent, they were offset by decreases in methane and nitrous oxide emissions. The recovery of methane emissions from landfills for use as an energy source caused the majority of the decline in methane emissions. The nitrous oxide emissions dropped due to reduced emissions from agriculture.

The U.S. economy grew by 2.4 percent in 2002, which means that the greenhouse gas intensity?defined as the greenhouse gas emissions (in metric tons) per million dollars of gross domestic product (in 1996 dollars)?decreased by 2.1 percent. In February 2002, President Bush called for voluntary measures to decrease the U.S. greenhouse gas intensity at least 18 percent by 2012.

Although U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have increased 10.9 percent since 1990, the economy has grown faster, causing the greenhouse gas intensity to decrease by 21.4 percent. See the EIA press release or go directly to the full report (PDF 665 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.