Measuring the sustainability of Minnesota state government operations
Track the performance of the State of Minnesota against its goal to achieve a 30% reduction in state fleet consumption of fossil fuels by 2027 relative to a 2017 adjusted baseline.
Track the performance of the State of Minnesota against its goal to achieve a 30% reduction in consumption of energy per square foot by 2027 relative to a 2017 adjusted baseline.
Track the performance of the State of Minnesota against its goal to reduce water consumption by 15% by 2025 relative to a 2017 adjusted baseline.
Track the performance of the State of Minnesota against its goal to achieve 75% combined recycling and composting rate of Solid Waste by 2030.
Track the performance of the State of Minnesota against its goal to ensure that 25% of total spend on priority contracts are sustainable purchase by 2025.
Track the performance of the State of Minnesota against its goal to reduce Greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2025.
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from state operations continued to decrease in 2022. Fleet fossil fuel consumption, reimbursed travel mileage, and energy use contribute to how we measure GHG emissions. Our GHG emissions are impacted by the severity of winter temperatures and how much snow plowing is needed. Long-term GHG emissions are decreasing because of lower emissions related to generating electricity and District Energy Saint Paul.
A 30% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 compared to a 2005 calculated baseline.
Recently passed legislation will drive down greenhouse gas emissions in Minnesota. Examples include the standard that 100% carbon-free electricity standard by 2040 and new funding through the federal Inflation Reduction Act.
The State of Minnesota, led by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, developed a Climate Action Framework document, including actions to achieve its long-term goal of a carbon-neutral, resilient, and equitable future for Minnesota.
Heavy vehicles, specifically buses and snowplows, significantly contribute to the variability in GHG emissions from year to year. To achieve predictable reductions, we need lower carbon alternatives to diesel vehicles.
The cost of installing onsite solar can be prohibitive for many agencies. For agencies that are installing solar, long approval timelines or limited utility infrastructure can delay the projects.
797,167 Metric Tons CO
519,065 Metric Tons CO
Key Performance Indicators
The Greenhouse Gas focus area looks at all emissions from owned and operated activities, called Scope 1 emissions, and emissions from generating purchased energy, called Scope 2 emissions. Other emissions are reported but not added toward the goal, like commercial air travel. The largest emission source is from purchased electricity, followed by fuel from fleet vehicles.
Building Emissions (metric tons CO
Total Emissions :
315,066 MTCO 2e
Transportation Emissions (metric tons CO
Total Emissions :
185,400 MTCO 2e
Enterprise Emissions (metric tons CO
Enterprise Electricity Fuel Mix: CY 2022
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