Consumers emit more greenhouse gas emissions than from the industrial sector, according to this preliminary analysis from the the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).
EIA reported that carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels increased by 1.6% last year, and attributed the increase mostly coming from the residential and commercial sectors. The combined industrial and transportation emissions is said to be flat at 0.1%
“Factors that drove the emissions increase included weather conditions that increased the demand for heating and cooling services and a higher carbon intensity of electricity supply.”
Total US energy-related carbon dioxide emissions is said to have grown 19.4% since 1990. EIA said energy-related carbon dioxide emissions account for over 80% of US greenhouse gas emissions.