Electricity and natural gas are forms of energy that heat and power our buildings, homes, and offices. For dashboard purposes, both are combined into one target area. Energy emissions make up about 65% of Fort Collins’ greenhouse gas emissions. Electrification of appliances, vehicles, and heating systems is an emerging trend that will support Fort Collins’ Our Climate Future goals as electricity sources become more renewable. While electricity is becoming more renewable and more parts of our daily needs are electrified, Fort Collins may see a brief increase in electricity emissions and decreases in natural gas and vehicle fuel emissions.
The following measures are categorized as direct or indirect. Direct measures track data used to calculate carbon emissions. Indirect measures show community trends that may impact carbon emissions but are not directly tied to carbon calculations. Some measures are not evaluated against a target and are simply informational. This is indicated when the status bar is gray instead of green, yellow, or red.
Initiatives are projects, programs, and positions that the Fort Collins City Council has funded through its budgeting process. Those shown here have a direct impact on energy emissions.