Reducing Residential Carbon Emission in Florida: Optional Scenarios Based on Energy Consumption, Transportation, and Land Use
Institute for Energy Systems, Economics, and Sustainability (IESES)
In 2007 the Governor of Florida established targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, by which the State of Florida aims at reducing emissions to 2000 levels by 2017 and to 1990 levels by 2025. To fulfill these goals, not only is the development of renewable sources of energy and fuel needed but also achieving more sustainable energy-fuel consumption is necessary. This project is dedicated to the latter objective, i.e., exploring optional scenarios for household consumption of energy and transportation fuel with respect to CO2 mitigation. We focus our attention on understanding household behavior because residential buildings and automobiles (including light trucks) account for approximately 40% of the carbon emissions in the United States. Human land use is another major concentration of this research, as changes in the built environment and vegetation cover may create sources or sinks of CO2 and hence affect intensity and origins of carbon emissions. Land use may also influence household energy requirements by affecting microclimates, e.g., heat island effects in high-density urban areas.
Dr. Tingting Zhao, Florida State University