Minnesota is on track to meet greenhouse gas reduction goals for the first time, according to February’s biennial Greenhouse Gas inventory report from the state’s pollution control agency and commerce department.
Minnesota’s GHG emissions dropped 23% between 2005 and 2020. If current trends continue, Minnesota is on track to meet its goal of cutting emissions by 30% by 2025.
“We sat down and really looked at how is Minnesota doing in terms of our climate action goals and we weren’t achieving them, and this report came out and really showed that we’ve made some progress over the last several years,” said The Nature Conservancy’s Ann Mulholland.
The top three GHG emitters in the state are transportation, agriculture and electrical generation. Transportation and electrical generation have made significant cuts to emissions of 18% and 54% respectively. Agriculture, on the other hand, has some work to do.