The city of Tapalqué completed its first inventory of Greenhouse Gases


In the city of Tapalqué, in 2016 it is estimated that 450,933.23 tCO2e were emitted (including CO2, CH4, N2O).

93.97% of the emissions correspond to the area of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing. Emissions from this sector are due to the 4,675 hectares planted within the municipality and the 376,857 head of cattle, mainly wintering steers.

3.63% corresponds to stationary energy. These emissions come from the consumption of electric energy, bottled gas, firewood and coal in the residential, commercial, municipal, industrial and agricultural sectors.

Transport emits 2.08% of total emissions. 100% of the emissions in this sector come from the consumption of fuels from private vehicles. To calculate it, the method of Sale of fuel is used and the information is obtained from the Ministry of Energy of the Nation.

0.32% of emissions corresponds to waste. Tapalqué disposes of its waste in a shallow landfill (less than 5 meters deep) within the municipal limits. 75% of the population is served by sewers whose effluents are treated in a well-operated aerobic plant, 8% with sewers whose effluents are treated in anaerobic digesters, 10% of the population has blind wells with septic chamber and 7% remaining have blind wells without septic chamber.

The greater the treatment the waste receives, the greater the amount of emissions they generate, however when they do not receive any treatment they contaminate other means (soil and water).

Emissions Basic Inventory

The report of a basic level inventory covers the emission sources that generally occur in all cities, corresponding to the Stationary Energy, Transportation and Waste sectors, but without taking into account the emissions generated by the losses in the transmission and distribution of energy in the electricity network, those coming from the energy industry (power generation), and the waste generated outside the municipality and treated within its limits. The responsibility for these last sources of emission does not fall on the municipality as a whole, but is shared with consumers of electricity throughout the country in the first case and by the waste generator in the second. In addition, this avoids double counting emissions in the inventories of other cities.

This way of computing greenhouse gas emissions serves to compare the results with other locations as it covers emission sources that occur in all cities of the world.

In addition, these are the results that are used when using the inventory as a tool to make decisions since it includes the sectors in which the local government has greater capacity for action.

For these reasons, the Argentine Network of Municipalities against Climate Change is based on emissions from the basic inventory to establish the objectives of reducing a mitigation strategy.

Translator: Agustín Lorenzatti