The AIRE program was created in 2007, establishing the ambitious goal of reducing the County’s government’s greenhouse (GHG) emissions 10 percent by 2012 (using 2000 as the baseline year.) Arlington will meet the 2012 target by continuing energy efficiency investments, renewing green power purchases and purchasing biodiesel.
Today, emissions from government operations are virtually the same as our 2000 emissions, despite of a brief peak in 2008. Factors affecting emissions include buildings, lighting infrastructure, vehicle fleet fuel and the water utilities. Significant challenges included:
The County offset the energy use associated with these additions through energy-efficient technology and retrofits, as well as use of alternative fuels. Successes include: