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Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Greenhouse gases (GHGs) absorb infrared radiation produced by the sun and trap heat in the atmosphere. There are six types of greenhouse gases: water vapor (H20), carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous... Read More

Greenhouse gases (GHGs) absorb infrared radiation produced by the sun and trap heat in the atmosphere. There are six types of greenhouse gases: water vapor (H20), carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), ozone (O3), and fluorinated gases. The main sources of human-caused GHG emissions are combustion of fossil fuels, agricultural and industrial practices, and decay of organic waste. While GHG emissions are a global issue, local governments can have a direct impact on the sources within their jurisdiction.

This indicator documents community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Data is supplied by communities and is based on calculations performed in accordance with a community-wide GHG protocol.

Devens, Massachusetts

Devens has not yet completed a community-wide GHG emissions inventory but hopes to in the near future as staff and resources allow. Devens has already integrated climate change mitigation and adaptation components throughout its regulatory permitting process. The DEC Development Rules and Regulations promote better air quality through reduced greenhouse... Read More

Devens has not yet completed a community-wide GHG emissions inventory but hopes to in the near future as staff and resources allow. Devens has already integrated climate change mitigation and adaptation components throughout its regulatory permitting process. The DEC Development Rules and Regulations promote better air quality through reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and increased climate preparedness/adaptation by requiring certain green building and green infrastructure elements on all projects. A climate change preparedness vulnerability assessment is also currently underway to help Devens identify key climate-related vulnerabilities and hazards and develop strategies to improve resilience throughout Devens. These strategies will help further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare and safeguard our businesses, residents, flora and fauna from the impacts of climate change.