Energy Supply and Emissions

solar panels on the roof of Kirkland City Hall

Why are the City's energy supply and community emissions important?

The type of energy the community sources and uses greatly affects pollution levels, greenhouse gas emissions, and self-sufficiency. Greenhouse gas emissions may contribute to climate change.

2017 community emissions by source - 50 percent from mobile combustion (vehicles), 29 percent from electricity, and 21 percent from stationary combustion (heating) How was Kirkland doing before adopting the Sustainability Master Plan?

  • Community greenhouse gas emissions have fallen about 25% from a 2007 baseline, as of 2017.
  • Gas-powered cars contribute half of the Kirkland community’s greenhouse gas emissions each year (mobile combustion in the chart of emissions by source).
  • Forty percent of the electricity the community gets from Puget Sound Energy is carbon-free.
  • Residents use almost three-quarters of natural gas in the city.

chart of greenhouse gas emissions goals compared with 2005 baseline

What key energy supply and emissions goals are included in the Sustainability Master Plan?

Key energy supply and emission goals include:

  • Secure carbon-free electricity for the community
  • Reduce vehicle miles traveled
  • Reduce the use of natural gas in buildings and convert existing systems to clean electric

How can the community help meet these goals?