2. Decreasing greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles
Outlook: Partly sunny, future uncertain
Annual per capita vehicle miles traveled (VMT) has decreased since 1990, leading the region to meet the 2020 target. In recent years however, per capita VMT has increased, making 2035 targets harder to reach.
On-road vehicles contribute 43% of the greenhouse gas emissions in Thurston County. Planning and acting to reduce or offset greenhouse gases will help zero out the net amount of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases the region emits into the atmosphere.
What are we measuring?
Vehicle miles traveled (VMT) per capita
Per capita VMT has decreased since the 1990s. However population has increased during that time, leading to an increase in total VMT.
Thurston County residents will need to continue to decrease their VMT to meet targets for 2035 and 2050. However per capita VMT has increased since 2012. While changing demographics point to households driving less, low gas prices and an improving economy may be counteracting that trend.