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LA Metro lowered emissions in 2018


The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) yesterday released a report evaluating the agency’s sustainability performance, including its reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and criteria air pollutant emissions in 2018 compared with 2017.

In 2018, LA Metro reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent and its criteria air pollutant emissions by 14 percent compared with 2017. The agency attributes the improvement to the transition to renewable natural gas and near zero-emission engines, officials said in a press release.

The agency also cut energy use by 6.5 percent and reduced the amount of waste it sends to the landfill.

Meanwhile, LA Metro’s systemwide water usage rose nearly 4 percent and total solid waste produced by the agency grew nearly 6 percent in 2018, according to the report.

The energy and resource report provides an annual evaluation of the agency measured across 10 specific performance metrics. These include unlinked passenger trips, vehicle miles traveled, operating expenses, criteria air pollutant emissions, greenhouse gas emissions, greenhouse gas displacement, energy use, water use, total solid waste and diversion from landfill.

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