Charlottesville Emissions Reports

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories support the work of the Climate Protection Program, established to pursue the City’s commitments to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with its community-wide activities.

Emissions inventories measure and track community-wide greenhouse gas emissions associated with activities within the City of Charlottesville’s jurisdictional boundary. Inventories are compiled according to established reporting protocol standards. Per the City’s Global Covenant of Mayors commitment, data beginning with the 2016 inventory report follow the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories (GPC).

This page includes summary information and downloadable .pdf files of the Charlottesville greenhouse gas inventories and reports. Updates will be released periodically to track emissions and inform policy and program initiatives and strategies. 

Note:  In response to interest from the community and staff to have inventory data more readily available and easier to share, City staff committed in 2019 to developing process improvements to reduce demands on staff time and to streamline the sharing of data with the public. These efforts have been pursued during 2020 along with the collection of data for years since 2016. These efforts are in their final stages and will be published on this webpage before the end of 2020.

  1. 2016 Report
  2. 2012 Report
  3. 2008 Report

2016 Greenhouse Gas Inventory

2016 GHG Inventory - Report Cover (.jpg) Opens in new windowThe 2016 Greenhouse Gas Inventory completes the requirements for Phase 1 of the Mitigation Track of the Global Covenant of Mayors commitment and was submitted via CDP, one of the approved reporting platforms, in its 2018 reporting cycle. 

Per the Global Covenant of Mayors standards, the 2016 inventory was developed according to the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories (GPC). Previous City of Charlottesville inventories were developed according to the U.S. Community Protocols. While a majority of items were required by both protocol standards, there were some differences, such as in the water and wastewater sector. These differences have been noted where they appear.

Considering the upcoming phases of the Global Covenant of Mayors, this inventory document has been developed with the intent of providing data in a simple, clear format that can be utilized easily as an informational resource for analysis and community considerations regarding reduction commitments, reduction strategies and efforts, and resulting achievements.


Download the 2016 Greenhouse Gas Inventory (PDF)
   - Release Version 0.1 March 2019