Greenhouse gas emissions in Thurston County totaled over 2.9 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (MTCO2e) in 2021 — 9.8 tons per person. Total emissions increased from 2012 to 2019, until the COVID-10 pandemic significantly changed how people live, work, and travel and brought emissions decreases. From 2010 to 2021, emissions have decreased 4.1% while per capita emissions have dropped nearly 20%. The built environment — buildings and their related energy use — are the largest source of emissions, followed by transportation. These two sectors account for approximately 90% of emissions.
Thurston Regional Planning Council
Sustainable Thurston Report Card
The Sustainable Thurston Report Card tracks how well the Thurston region is doing at becoming carbon neutral. The goal includes two targets for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions: