Tracking Metro Washington’s Climate Impact: Trends in the region’s communitywide greenhouse gas emissions

In 2008, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) and local governments across the region collaboratively established the regional GHG emission reduction goals of: 10% below business as usual projections by 2012 (back down to 2005 levels); 20% below 2005 levels by 2020; and 80% below 2005 levels by 2050. COG and its member jurisdictions are working toward these goals. Metropolitan Washington met the 2012 goal, demonstrating that GHG reductions are possible even as the population and economy grows.