RALEIGH – The Consumer Energy Alliance recently released a report stating that North Carolina emissions have fallen by as much as 92 percent statewide since 1990.

The state has decreased the emissions of three key pollutants. Nitrogen oxides have decreased by 69 percent, sulfur dioxide has fallen 92 percent and volatile organic compounds have been reduced by 58 percent.

Despite the drop in energy emissions, North Carolina still grew its economy by 305 percent and employed more than 460,000 workers since 1990.

The analysis from CEA also found that families, small businesses and manufacturers in North Carolina have saved almost $12 billion due to low-cost energy in the past decade.

“Even though population, economic activity and electricity use have grown significantly, emissions are down across the board,” said CEA Vice President of State Affairs Kevin Doyle. “This is a factor of advanced technology, energy efficiency and the dedication our communities have to uphold our state’s environmental standards.”

CEA is a consumer advocate for energy to support an environmentally sustainable future and helps businesses and families find realistic and responsible options to fulfill their energy needs.

This story is from the North Carolina Business News Wire, a service of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media.

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