More MTA = Less CO2

<p>The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's operations reduced the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions of the region by 16.6 million metric tons in 2009 through congestion relief, mode shift and land use effects. At the same time, the MTA reduced its own carbon output by 2.5% per passenger mile traveled or 1% in aggregate over the prior year, according to an outside audit.</p>
<p>"The MTA's transit system makes New York sustainable, with a carbon footprint one-quarter of the national average," said MTA Chairman Jay H. Walder. "But our commitment to the environment goes even further, as we continue working to reduce our own emissions and improve the environmental performance of our entire operation."</p>
<p>Using a protocol established by The Climate Registry, the MTA meticulously quantifies its greenhouse gas emissions for all facilities, vehicles, and operations. The MTA released 2.29 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent through its operations, or 23,000 fewer metric tons than the prior year. Nearly 80% of the MTA's greenhouse gas emissions result from generating the electricity that powers subways and commuter trains, as well as burning fuel -; largely compressed natural gas and ultra-low sulfur diesel -; in buses and diesel commuter trains. Only 20% of the emissions come from "behind-the-scenes" operations, like maintenance facilities or offices. More details are available at our report, <a href="/sites/default/files/archive/pdfs/2011Report.pdf">"More MTA = Less CO2"</a> (pdf).</p>
<p>The annual emissions figure was verified by an audit of 2009 emissions conducted by LRQA Americas Sustainability, Inc. An audit of 2010 emissions is now underway. "It's clear that the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority has made lowering its emissions one of its top priorities," said Ryan Schauland, Technical Specialist at LRQA Americas Sustainability, Inc. and Lead Verifier of the MTA's 2009 greenhouse gas inventory. "The MTA's proactive approach to voluntary verification of its greenhouse gas emissions under The Climate Registry gives the organization, and the millions of people who use its public transportation system, confidence in the MTA's emissions reduction claims. We recognize their dedication and commitment to their carbon reduction strategies and congratulate them on another job well done."</p>
<p>Measuring its carbon footprint under the auspices of The Climate Registry allows the MTA to prepare for future regulation, identify inefficiencies and potential for cost savings, and provide real and meaningful data to the public about environmental performance. It is a step toward reducing energy use, energy-related costs and carbon emissions.</p>
<p>"Climate Registered organizations understand that there are both environmental and economic benefits to understanding and managing your carbon footprint," said Denise Sheehan, Executive Director of The Climate Registry. "The MTA has become part of a powerful community of Climate Registered organizations, with substantive data guiding and supporting its sustainable activities."</p>