|Salt Lake Metro Carbon Foodprint
||June 2nd, 2008
The Carbon Footprint of Metropolitan
America's carbon footprint is expanding. With a
growing population and an expanding economy,
America's settlement area is widening, and as it
does, Americans are driving more, building more,
consuming more energy, and emitting more carbon.
Rising energy prices, growing dependence on
imported fuels, and accelerating global climate
change make the nation's growth patterns
The nation's carbon footprint has a distinct
geography not well understood or often discussed.
This report quantifies transportation and residential
carbon emissions for the 100 largest U.S.
metropolitan areas, finding that metro area residents
have smaller carbon footprints than the average
American, although metro footprints vary widely.
Residential density and the availability of public transit
are important to understanding carbon footprints, as
are the carbon intensity of electricity generation,
electricity prices, and weather.
How does Utah Rate?
Per Capita Carbon Emissions from
Transporation and Residential Use - 2005
Carbon Footprint (metric tons)|
|2||Los Angeles-Long Beach-
Santa Ana, CA||1.413|
|4||New York-Northern New
Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-
Rosevi lle, CA||1.768|
Miami Beach, FL||2.156|
|Average Footprint for the 100
Largest Metro Areas||2.235|
Newport News, VA-NC||2.340|
Fall River, RI-MA||2.368|
|50||Salt Lake City,
|65||Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-
|70||Cape Coral-Fort Myers,
|84||Kansas City, MO-
|85||Little Rock-North Little Rock,
|94||St. Louis, MO-
Source: Brookings Institution, Shrinking the
Carbon Footprint of Metropolitan America, 2008
Salt Lake Metro Carbon Foodprint
Where do we stand?
Who is doing better?
Who is worse?
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|SALT LAKE CITY CARBON PROFILE:
Metro Area Profile: Salt Lake City, UT
The report "Shrinking the Carbon Footprint of
Metropolitan America" quantifies for the first time the
amount and most significant sources of carbon
emitted-from highway transportation and residential
energy consumption-by the 100 largest metropolitan
areas in 2000 and 2005. Substantial variation exists
among these "carbon footprints" of metro areas, due
in part to their developm ent patterns, rail transit,
freight trafic, carbon content of electricity sources,
electricity prices, and weather.
To access the entire report, see
Per Capita Carbon Footprints, 2000-2005
Trends. Metropolitan Salt Lake City's per capita
footprint from transportation and residential energy
use decreased 3.88 percent between 2000 and 2005.
The average per capita footprint of the 100 largest
metro areas and of the nation increased 1.1 percent
and 2.2 percent during this time, respectively.
The transportation portion of Salt Lake City's per
capita footprint increased 9.9 percent between 2000
and 2005, compared to an increase of 2.4 percent in
the 100 largest metro areas. The residential portion of
Salt Lake City's per capita footprint decreased 18.3
percent between 2000 and 2005, compared to a slight
decrease of 0.7 percent in the 100 largest metro
Snapshot = 2005. The average resident in
metropolitan Salt Lake City emitted 2.522 tons of
carbon from highway transportation and residential
energy in 2005 (rank 50th). This compares with 2.24
tons of carbon emitted by the average 100-metro
resident and 2.60 tons of carbon emitted by the
average American from transportation and residential
From highway transportation. The average Salt
Lake City resident emitted 1.476 tons of carbon from
highway transportation (rank 51st). The average 100-
metro resident emitted 1.310 tons and the average
American emitted 1.44 tons from highway
The average Salt Lake City resident emitted 0.981
tons from autos (rank 29th) and 0.495 tons from
trucks (rank 80th), compared to 1.004 tons from autos
and 0.305 tons from trucks from the average 100-
From residential energy use. The average Salt Lake
City resident emitted 1.046 tons of carbon from
residential energy use (rank 53rd). The average 100-
metro resident emitted 0.925 tons and the average
American emitted 1.16 tons of carbon from residential
The average Salt Lake City resident emitted 0.66 1
tons from electricity (rank 50th) and 0.385 tons from
residential fuels (rank 60th). This compares to 0.611
tons from electricity and 0.314 tons from fuels from the
average 100-metro resident.
Rank 1 = smallest per capita footprint
Rank 100 = largest per capita footprint
Contact: Carrie Collins - firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Brookings Institution, Shrinking the
Carbon Footprint of Metropolitan America, 2008
- Global Business Confidence - Record
- Global business confidence is at a record low,
signaling that the global economy likely contracted in
April. Across the globe the survey results suggest that
the U.S., Canadian and European economies are
contracting, while the Asian and South American
economies are growing below potential. Hiring
intentions have notably weakened in recent weeks, as
has the strength of sales. Business assessments of
current conditions continue to hit new record lows.
The only positive is that pricing pressures have not
risen commensurately with the surge in oil and other
- There was a small upward revision to reported
economic growth in the first quarter; real GDP
increased at an annualized 0.9% rate, up from the
0.6% reported in April. The small upward revision was
close to the consensus. There was a downward
revision to imports, which increased GDP growth, and
upward revisions to investment in nonresidential
structures and consumer spending on nondurable
goods. There were less than offsetting downward
revisions to inventories, exports, and consumer
spending on services. Profits from current production
saw a slight increase from the fourth quarter, although
they are still below their record high. Economic growth
in the first quarter was poor, and real GDP for the
quarter could contract outright when the BEA does its
annual revisions in the summer.
- ABC News/Washington Post Consumer
- The ABC News/Washington Post consumer
comfort index came in at -51 in the week ending May
25, down from -49 the previous week and a fresh
record low. Consumers have very little to be optimistic
about as gasoline prices climb toward $4, layoffs
accelerate, and house prices decline. The sharp
decline in sentiment since the beginning of the year is
a bad omen for spending.
- Conference Board Consumer Confidence
- The Conference Board index of consumer
confidence fell further than expected in May, dropping
to 57.2 from April's 62.8 (revised from 62.3). This puts
the index at a 16-year low. The present situation
component of the index led the decline, but
expectations fell significantly as well. Assessments of
labor market conditions fell, but not severely.
- Agricultural Prices
- The All Farm Products Index of Prices Received by
Farmers increased 3.4% in May from April. The crop
index is up 2.4% and the livestock prices overall rose
3.9%. Producers received higher prices for hogs,
cattle, onions, and broilers. Eggs, lettuce, wheat, and
broccoli fetched lower prices. The index is up 10%
from May of last year, a reacceleration of year-over-
year growth after a dip to 8% in April. Farmers paid
1.7% more for the means of production than last
month and 14% more than a year ago. Diesel fuel,
mixed fertilizers, feeder cattle, and potash &
phosphate were more expensive, while feed
concentrates, feed supplements, tractors, and feed
grains prices eased.
- Personal Income
- Personal income rose 0.2% in April, below
March's 0.4% growth. Spending growth also slowed to
0.2% from 0.4% the prior month. Real spending was
unchanged. The core PCE deflator rose 0.1%, while
the top-line deflator rose 0.2%. The savings rate held
steady at 0.7%. The end of bonus payment season
weakened personal income growth, while tax rebates
inflated disposable income growth.
- Durable Goods (Advance)
- New orders for manufactured durable goods fell
0.5% in April-a much smaller decline than was
expected by consensus forecasts. The decline
followed a 0.3% drop in March and was the third
decrease in the first four months of the year.
Shipments rose 1.2% following a decline in March.
Both inventories and unfilled orders rose over the
- Existing-Home Sales
- Housing activity remains weak, with the National
Association of Realtors reporting a 1% decline in
existing-home sales in April to an annualized pace of
4.89 million. The months of inventories available for
sale are now up over 11, with the level of inventories
rising. The median existing-home price is down 8%
y/y. One consolation in this report is that the
deterioration in sales and pricing seems to be
- Case-Shiller Monthly Home Price
- Both the 10-city and 20-city composite S&P/Case-
Shiller house price indices declined again in March,
although by lesser amounts on a month-ago basis.
The quarterly index is now 14.1% below year ago
levels, a record decline. The 10-city composite fell
2.4% and the 20-city dropped 2.2%. However, the 10-
city composite is down 15.3% over the past year,
setting yet another record for the largest year-over-year
decline since the index began in 1988. The 20-city
composite was down 14.4% over the past year, also a
record decline. Prices fell in 18 of 20 metro areas in
March. Charlotte NC and Dallas were the two
- New-Home Sales (C25)
- Spring may be bringing some stabilization in
housing activity, with sales of new homes increasing
by 3.3% in April to 526,000 annualized units. Census
revised downward March sales by 3%, however, and
sales are 42% below one year ago. Months of supply
did tick down slightly to 10.2, and the median new
house price increased by 1.5%.
- MBA Mortgage Applications Survey
- The market composite indexes finished mixed for
the week ending May 23, 2008. The market index fell
by 4.6% compared to the previous week. The decline
was caused entirely by the refinance index, which fell
by 8.9% compared to last week as interest rates
increased slightly for the week. The purchase index,
however, was flat, ending up by barely 0.1% compared
to the previous week. No rally in purchase contract
demand is apparent yet, and a temporary upward
trend in interest rates is deterring refinancing.
- Jobless Claims
- Initial claims for unemployment insurance
increased by 4,000 to 372,000, in line with analyst
expectations. The increase is also consistent with
what has been seen in recent weeks. Layoffs are no
longer accelerating but have leveled off to a more
steady elevated pace compared with trends a year
- Chain Store Sales
- Chain store sales remain weak. Sales were
unchanged in the week ending May 24 according to
the ICSC. Sales have only increased once in the last
six weeks. Year-over-year growth was unchanged at
1.5%. Sales suffered from unseasonably cold and wet
weather and soaring gasoline prices but were
supported by federal tax rebates.
- Oil and Gas Inventories
- Crude oil inventories fell by an unprecedented 8.8
million barrels for the week ending May 23, according
to the Energy Information Administration, compared
with expectations of no change in inventories.
Gasoline inventories fell by an outsized 3.2 million
barrels, well below expectations of a 0.2 million barrel
draw. Distillate supplies rose by 1.6 million barrels,
more than expected. Refinery operating capacity was
unchanged at 87.9%. This report is very bullish and
should send prices higher.
- Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report
- Underground storage of natural gas rose by 87
billion cubic feet during the week ending May 23,
above consensus expectations of an 84 bcf build.
Working gas in underground storage was 1,701 bcf
as of May 23, 321 bcf lower than a year ago and eight
bcf below the five-year average for this time of
Source: Economy.com 2008
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