Minneapolis needs to make drastic cuts to natural gas emissions, officials say

Boosting building efficiency is one way to curb greenhouse gases, fight climate change. 

Electricity use is down and more power is coming from renewable sources, but Minneapolis has a stubborn foe as it strives to curb greenhouse gases and fight climate change: natural gas.

Citywide consumption of natural gas rose last year, staff found, and it is now the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions.

“They’re going in the wrong direction,” Luke Hollenkamp, the city’s sustainability program coordinator, said during a report to the City Council environment committee Monday. “At the current trajectory … we will not achieve our 2050 greenhouse gas reduction goal.”

The increase is due to a growing demand for building heating, primarily in the industrial and commercial sector, Hollenkamp said. New buildings cropping up across the city continue to be heated by natural gas, he said, and older buildings are not properly equipped to save energy during the colder months.

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"Minneapolis needs to make drastic cuts to natural gas emissions, officials say"; By Miguel Otárola; Star Tribune; August 28, 2019

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