June 26, 2023

Outdoor snowmelt has become a hot topic

A high priority recommendation to come out of the Energy Working Group states that “all CAP governments approve the IEC (International Energy Code) 2021 building code and adopt planning/zoning regulations that minimize outdoor energy use unless it is provided by a low/no carbon energy source or offset by 100% renewable energy.”

A recent analysis found that plowing and hauling snow emits just 0.12 pounds of CO2 per square foot versus 10 pounds of CO2 per square foot of gas fueled snowmelt.

If Routt County is serious about reducing carbon emissions and meeting the carbon reduction goals established in the CAP, we must continue to find ways to reduce fossil fuel snowmelt to the greatest extent possible.