Other key findings included in the brief include:
- Ohio’s carbon emissions reduction rate is way below the national average
- A 16% reduction in carbon emissions between 1990 and 2016
- A 72% decrease in nitrogen oxides between 1990 and 2017, a 94% decrease in sulphur dioxide and a 66% reduction in volatile organic compounds
- A 1,900% in the production of natural gas
- A massive increase in energy production, economic growth and clean energy jobs over the past decade
- Ohio remains one of the largest energy consumers per state. However, energy efficiency continues to improve evidenced by consumers saving more than $40 billion on their natural gas utility bills over the past ten years
The brief states the positive developments are a result of ongoing innovation and technology across the US.
Chris Ventura, executive director of the Consumer Energy Alliance, said: “As Ohioans continue to voice their support for creating a healthier environment, and ensuring access to affordable and reliable energy, we are happy that data from the EPA and the WHO demonstrates that Ohioans can simultaneously have a cleaner environment and energy production.
“This is due in part to the commonsense regulatory policies enacted by our elected officials and the voluntary actions that have been taken by companies across Ohio to the benefit of our communities. We should all be proud that Ohio is one of the leading states in the nation in realising greater emissions reductions. Now, let’s keep this amazing progress going!”
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