Greenhouse Gas Inventory
First Measured, Then Managed
In 2021, Hennepin County adopted a climate action plan with an updated goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. LHB informed this work by analyzing the county’s recent emissions trends, collaborating with County staff to develop a pathway to net zero and recommending near-term climate mitigation actions. More than 10 years of County greenhouse gas emissions data were analyzed by LHB, quantifying how factors such as weather, population growth, energy source changes, and local programs contributed to changes in emissions. This analysis revealed both success stories and areas to target for future action.
To map a feasible pathway to net-zero emissions by 2050, LHB estimated the impacts of strategies such as energy efficiency, local renewables, vehicle travel reduction, electrification of buildings and vehicles, and carbon sequestration through land management. Engaging with county staff, these strategies were combined into a scenario for the future that considers impacts on equity, health, resilience, and quality of life.
Finally, overarching strategies were connected to near-term action by defining Hennepin County’s unique position to lead climate mitigation efforts through their impacts and influence as a large organization; role and responsibilities as a public entity; and long-term partnerships with the state, other counties, cities, park districts, and organizations.