Burbank is Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions
BWP efforts over the past decade have been paying off and carbon dioxide emissions resulting from electricity generation have been steadily decreasing. Carbon dioxide emissions are a by-product of certain types of electricity production. Burbank’s emissions have reduced as the result of using cleaner burning fuels and renewable energy resources, such as wind, solar, and hydro power, to meet our community’s energy needs.
Since 1990, energy demand in Burbank has grown by 11%. In spite of this energy demand growth, the total amount of carbon dioxide emissions has already dropped by 19%.
In addition, BWP’s environmental efforts since 1990 have resulted in a 28% decrease in emissions for every megawatt-hour of electricity produced for Burbank’s use. This is referred to as carbon dioxide intensity. A megawatt-hour is equivalent to one thousand 100-watt incandescent light bulbs burning for ten hours.
These downward trends in carbon dioxide emissions will continue. BWP is committed to 33% of our energy coming from renewable resources by 2020. In fact, Burbank was the first city in America to step up to this ambitious green energy goal!