Ministry of Environment

Carbon Neutral Action Reports

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B.C.’s public sector is officially carbon neutral, a first for any province or state in North America and an achievement that places British Columbia on the leading edge of climate action and growth in the clean energy and clean technology sectors.

Under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act, since 2008, all public sector organisations have reported annually on their plans and actions taken to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Carbon Neutral Government 2012 -
Doing our Part to Create
Clean, Healthy Communities.

Since 2011, all public sector organisations also report their total GHG emissions for the calendar year as well as offset investments made to achieve net-zero emissions. These reports are known as Carbon Neutral Action Reports (CNARs).

Sections on this page:

 

Public Sector Organisations' annual Carbon Neutral Action Reports
(by Sector, PSO, Year):

Note: In the case of discrepancies in emissions totals refer to the emissions source report appended to each Carbon Neutral Action Report or the appendix of data in the annual report.

Summary Documents

Annual Reports
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012

School Districts

In the K-12 education system, there are 60 school districts and over 1,800 facilities. Each school district’s carbon neutral action report is as unique as the district itself – from remote districts with few students covering areas the size of Nova Scotia to large urban districts with growing school populations. Even with this variety, it was clear that school districts have been focussed on the energy efficiency of their buildings and fleets for years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School District #37 Delta has realised over two megatonnes of GHG emission reductions annually and is saving half a million dollars per year, thanks to a combined $6.4 million in energy investment funding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School districts GHG Emissions by Source - 2011

 

Abbotsford (SD34)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Alberni (SD70)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Arrow Lakes (SD10)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Boundary (SD51)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Bulkley Valley (SD54)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Burnaby (SD41)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Campbell River (SD72)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Cariboo-Chilcotin (SD27)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Central Coast (SD49)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Central Okanagan (SD23)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Chilliwack (SD33)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Coast Mountains (SD82)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Comox Valley (SD71)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Conseil scolaire francophone (SD93)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Coquitlam (SD43)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Cowichan Valley (SD79)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Delta (SD37)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Fort Nelson (SD81)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Fraser-Cascade (SD78)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Gold Trail (SD74)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Greater Victoria (SD61)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Gulf Islands (SD64)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte (SD50)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Kamloops/Thompson (SD73)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Kootenay Lake (SD08)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Kootenay-Columbia (SD20)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Langley (SD35)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows (SD42)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Mission (SD75)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Nanaimo-Ladysmith (SD68)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Nechako Lakes (SD91)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
New Westminster (SD40)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Nicola-Similkameen (SD58)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Nisga'a (SD92)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
North Okanagan-Shuswap (SD83)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
North Vancouver (SD44)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Okanagan Similkameen (SD53)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Okanagan Skaha (SD67)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Peace River North (SD 60)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Peace River South (SD 59)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Powell River (SD47)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Prince George (SD57)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Prince Rupert (SD52)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Qualicum (SD69)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Quesnel (SD28)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Revelstoke (SD19)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Richmond (SD38)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Rocky Mountain (SD06)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Saanich (SD63)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Sea to Sky (SD48)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Sooke (SD62)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Southeast Kootenay (SD05)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Stikine (SD87)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Sunshine Coast (SD46)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Surrey (SD36)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Vancouver (SD39)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Vancouver Island North (SD85)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Vancouver Island West (SD84)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Vernon (SD22)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
West Vancouver (SD45)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012

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Post-Secondary (universities and colleges)

The youth of B.C. have an enormous stake in climate action, as they will be living with the impacts. They also have the potential to play an important role in helping B.C. achieve its carbon neutral and climate action goals given their influence on household decisions and their ability to accelerate behaviour change. Post-secondary institutions have taken a very collaborative approach in responding to their carbon neutral commitments by developing networks to share information on climate change including activities and best practices within their institutions.

 

 

 

UNBC has realised over three megatonnes of GHG emission reductions annually and is saving half a million dollars per year, thanks to a combined $8.5 million in energy investment funding.

 

 

 

Post-secondary GHG Emissions by Source - 2011

 

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Camosun College
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Capilano University
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
College of New Caledonia
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
College of the Rockies
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Douglas College
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Emily Carr University of Art and Design
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Justice Institute of British Columbia
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Langara College
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
North Island College
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Northern Lights College
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Northwest Community College
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Okanagan College
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Royal Roads University
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Selkirk College
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Simon Fraser University
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Thompson Rivers University
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
UBC Okanagan
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 |
UBC Vancouver
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 |
University of British Columbia
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
University of Northern British Columbia
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
University of the Fraser Valley
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
University of Victoria
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Vancouver Community College
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Vancouver Island University
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012

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Health Authorities (and affiliates)

Cleaner air and more active citizens choosing to walk or cycle benefits community health and reduces healthcare costs. B.C.’s Health Authorities and Affiliates have recognised the link between health, the community and environment and have been working together since 2008 through the Provincial Environmental Technical Team. The Team advises the B.C. Health Authorities Service Delivery Committee, providing information and recommendations regarding environmental planning matters for the B.C. Health Authorities. Further, the consolidation of services at Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Fraser Health Authority, Providence Health Care and Provincial Health Services Authority has enabled the creation of an Energy and Environmental Sustainability group to tackle energy-efficiency at hospitals and health care facilities in the Lower Mainland.

Health authorities GHG Emissions by Source - 2011

Fraser Health Authority
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Interior Health Authority
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Northern Health Authority
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Provincial Health Services Authority
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Vancouver Island Health Authority
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Affiliates:
Bella Coola Hospital
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Louis Brier Home and Hospital
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Menno Hospital
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Mount Saint Mary's Hospital
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Nisga'a Valley Health Authority
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Providence Health Care
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
R.W. Large Memorial Hospital
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Saint Joseph's General Hospital
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Saint Michael's Center
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Wrinch Memorial Hospital
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012

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Crown Corporations (and agencies)

British Columbia’s Crown corporations vary in size from less than 10 employees to over five thousand; therefore, their actions and plans also vary considerably. A common thread is the recognition that small actions add up and that Crowns have a unique role to play in helping British Columbians understand both the risks and potential impacts of climate change, as well as the actions that individuals can take to reduce energy and fuel use.

 

 

 

The Royal BC Museum is saving nearly 400 gigawatt-hours of electricity annually, thanks to a combined $322,000 in energy investment funding.

 

 

 

Crown corporations GHG Emissions by Source - 2011

 

BC Assessment Authority
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
BC Games Society
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
BC Housing (Management Commission)
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
BC Hydro and Power Authority
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
BC Innovation Council
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
BC Liquor Distribution Branch
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
BC Lottery Corporation
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
BC Oil and Gas Commission
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
BC Pavilion Corporation
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
BC Railway Company
2008 | 2009 |
BC Securities Commission
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
BC Transit
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
BC Transmission Corporation
2008 | 2009 |
BC Transportation Investment Corporation
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Columbia Basin Trust
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Columbia Power Corporation
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit
2008 |
Community Living BC
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Forestry Innovation Investment
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Homeowner Protection Office
2008 | 2009 |
Industry Training Authority
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Insurance Corporation of BC
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Knowledge Network Corporation
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Legal Services Society
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Pacific Carbon Trust
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Partnerships BC
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Private Career Training Institutions Agency
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Provincial Capital Commission
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Royal BC Museum Corporation
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
The First Peoples' Heritage, Language and Cultural Council
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Tourism BC
2008 |

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Core Government (provincial ministries)

British Columbia’s core government ministries and agencies have been taking action to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions since 2007. To meet this mandate, Green Teams were established at each ministry to encourage behaviour change initiatives among staff, while Shared Services BC, the office responsible for making building and major procurement decisions for core government, developed a program to achieve carbon neutrality. Since 2007, government has built on Green Team successes, while working to manage our buildings, fleet and paper as effectively as possible. We have reported annually on core government’s GHG emissions since 2008, and have been carbon neutral for our emissions associated with business travel since October 1, 2007. Beginning in 2010 the entire public sector of BC, including core government, achieved carbon neutrality for their building, paper, fleet and equipment emissions. Additionally, core government continued to be carbon neutral for business travel emissions.

 

 

 

Core Government GHG Emissions by Source - 2011

Aggregated CNAR for Core Government
2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
2008 | 2009 |
Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market
2008 | 2009 |
Ministry of Agriculture and Lands (including Integrated Land Management Bureau)
2008 | 2009 |
Ministry of Attorney General
2008 | 2009 |
Ministry of Children and Family Development
2008 | 2009 |
Ministry of Community and Rural Development
2008 | 2009 |
Ministry of Citizens' Services
2008 | 2009 |
Ministry of Education
2008 | 2009 |
Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
2008 | 2009 |
Ministry of Environment (including Environmental Assessment Office)
2008 | 2009 |
Ministry of Finance
2008 | 2009 |
Ministry of Forests and Range
2008 | 2009 |
Ministry of Health Services
2008 | 2009 |
Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport
2008 | 2009 |
Ministry of Housing and Social Development
2008 | 2009 |
Ministry of Labour and Citizen's Services
2008 |
Ministry of Labour
2008 | 2009 |
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
2008 | 2009 |
Ministry of Small Business and Revenue
2008 |
Ministry of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development
2008 | 2009 |
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts
2008 | 2009 |
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
2008 | 2009 |
Public Affairs Bureau
2008 | 2009 |
Public Service Agency
2008 | 2009 |

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2012 Summary and Highlights

Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Offset Investment

In 2012, B.C.’s public sector produced a total of 845,211 tonnes CO2e from all sources covered by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act. Of this total, 92,913 did not require offsetting under regulation.

In order to become carbon neutral for the 2012 calendar year, B.C.’s public sector invested $18,807,450 in 752,298 tonnes CO2e of carbon offsets from the Pacific Carbon Trust.

All Sectors GHG Emissions by Source - 2011
GHG Emissions by Sector - 2011

Please note that only Core government must report on business travel (local in-town taxi travel is exempt). All reports cover mobile and fleet vehicles, however the following emissions must be reported but are not required to be offset under the Carbon Neutral Regulation of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act: school bus emissions; biomass emissions; BC Transit's public transit bus emissions.

Comparing Performance

For the second year in a row, as was expected because of much colder average temperatures over baseline year 2010, the total PSO emissions was greater than for 2010.

However, while 2012 figures were 3.9 per cent higher than 2010, it is important to note that when the current emissions data has been normalised for climate variability based on the 30-year climate normal temperature, it is estimated that relative emissions have decreased slightly in 2012 over 2010, by approximately 1.4 per cent (see infographic on right below).

Climate NormalisationThe data reported annually (below) for each program year is sometimes amended after the publication of that year's reports. Accordingly, the following table -- based on May 2013 data -- provides updated baseline year data by which 2011 and 2012 performance is measured against. Note that while climate normalisation of the data is presented below to demonstrate increased energy efficiency in the provincial public building sector since 2010, this data does not take into account the expanding size of the sector serving a larger B.C. population.

B.C. Public Sector Emissions Normalised for Climate

Year

2010

2011

2012

Total Emissions

812,065

873,938

845,235

Emissions for Offsets

727,647

785,379

752,303

Normalised Total Emissions

860,170

(baseline)

849,679

(-1.22%)

848,707

(-1.33%)

Normalised Emissions for Offsets

775,651

(baseline)

761,181

(-1.87%)

755,665

(-2.58%)

Note: this data reflects amendments not originally reported in summaries below of previous reporting years.

School districts GHG Emissions by Source - 2011School District Emissions and Offset Investment

In 2012, school districts produced a total of 202,683 tonnes CO2e from all sources covered by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

In order to become carbon neutral for the 2012 calendar year, school districts invested $4,513,375 in 180,535 tonnes CO2e of carbon offsets from Pacific Carbon Trust.

Please note that school bus emissions must be reported but are not required to be offset under section 4(2)(c) of the Carbon Neutral Government Regulation of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

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Post-secondary GHG Emissions by Source - 2011Post Secondary Emissions and Offset Investment

In 2012, post-secondary institutions produced a total of 158,378 tonnes CO2e from all sources covered by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

In order to become carbon neutral for the 2012 calendar year, post-secondary institutions invested $3,768,650 in 150,746 tonnes CO2e of carbon offsets from Pacific Carbon Trust.

Please note that busing and biomass emissions must be reported, but are not required to be offset under the Carbon Neutral Government Regulation of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

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Health authorities GHG Emissions by Source - 2011Health Authority Emissions and Offset Investment

In 2012, health authorities and affiliates produced a total of 228,548 tonnes CO2e from all sources covered by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

In order to become carbon neutral for the 2012 calendar year, health authorities and affiliates invested $5,708,725 in 228,349 tonnes CO2e of carbon offsets from Pacific Carbon Trust.

Please note that biomass emissions must be reported, but are not required to be offset under the Carbon Neutral Government Regulation of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

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Crown corporations GHG Emissions by Source - 2011Crown Corportation Emissions and Offset Investment

In 2012, Crown corporations produced a total of 155,734 tonnes CO2e from all sources covered by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

In order to become carbon neutral for the 2012 calendar year, Crown corporations invested $2,357,675 in 94,307 tonnes CO2e of carbon offsets from Pacific Carbon Trust.

Please note that B.C. Transit’s public transit bus emissions must be reported but are not required to be offset under section 4(2)(c) of the Carbon Neutral Government Regulation of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

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Core Government GHG Emissions by Source - 2011Core Government Emissions and Offset Investment

In 2012, Core government produced 99,868 tonnes CO2e from all sources covered by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

In addition to measuring emissions from fleet vehicles, buildings, and paper, Core government is also required to report and offset emissions from business travel.

It was estimated that stationary fugitive emissions from cooling comprise less than 1% of Core government’s total emissions and an ongoing effort to collect or estimate emissions from this source is disproportionately onerous. For this reason, emissions from this source have been deemed out-of-scope and have not been included in Core government’s total greenhouse gas emissions profile.

In order to become carbon neutral for the 2012 calendar year, Core government invested $2,459,025 in 98,361 tonnes CO2e of carbon offset from Pacific Carbon Trust.

Please note that emissions from biofuels were reported as part of Core government's greenhouse gas emissions profile in 2012. However, they are not required to be offset as they are carbon neutral under the Carbon Neutral Government Regulation.

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2011 Summary and Highlights

Update: Feb 2013 Report by Deloitte - Verification of 2011 Carbon Neutral Government (PDF)

During 2012, the Climate Action Secretariat carried out independent, third party verification of a sample of PSOs’ greenhouse gas emissions data for 2011 as per the Carbon Neutral Government Regulation under the Greenhouse Gas Reductions Target Act.  Deloitte LLP conducted verification of emissions data of a sample of organisations from across the public sector.  In total, nine organisations were verified including core government.  Eight of the nine organisations had no material errors in their data.  One organisation was found to have a material error.  As a result of the verification their data has been corrected and their reporting procedures have been amended.  General recommendations that apply to the entire public sector have also been made and these are being incorporated into the reporting procedures for the 2013 reporting year.

Carbon Neutral Update 2011View a summary of the energy conservation achievements from across B.C.’s public sector in the June 2012 report, available below:

View individual Carbon Neutral Action Reports (above) to see the hundreds of actions taken to reduce energy use and GHG emissions and get a sense of the plans going forward.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Offset Investment

In 2011, B.C.’s public sector produced a total of 864,040 tonnes CO2e from all sources covered by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act. Of this total, 88,531 did not require offsetting under regulation.

In order to become carbon neutral for the 2011 calendar year, B.C.’s public sector invested $19,387,725 in 775,509 tonnes CO2e of carbon offsets from the Pacific Carbon Trust.

All Sectors GHG Emissions by Source - 2011
GHG Emissions by Sector - 2011

Please note that only Core government must report on business travel (local in-town taxi travel is exempt). All reports cover mobile and fleet vehicles, however the following emissions must be reported but are not required to be offset under the Carbon Neutral Regulation of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act: school bus emissions; biomass emissions; BC Transit's public transit bus emissions.

Comparing Performance

As was expected, because of a much colder average temperature in 2011 over 2010, there was an increase in total annual emissions. However, while figures rose 5.9 per cent, it is important to note that when the current emissions data has been normalised for climate variability based on the 30-year climate normal temperature, it is estimated that relative emissions have decreased slightly from 2010 to 2011 -- by as much as 3 per cent.

Climate Normalisation

B.C. Public Sector Emissions Normalised for Climate

2010

2011

Total Emissions

813,044*

Total Emissions

864,040

Emissions for Offsets

728,617*

Emission for Offsets

775,509

Normalised Total Emissions

865,288

Normalised Total Emissions

837,174

Normalised Emissions for Offsets

780,838

Normalised Emissions for Offsets

749,919

 

2010 – 2011 Emission changes

Total Emissions

+5.9%

Emissions for Offsets

+6.1%

2010 – 2011 Normalised Emission Changes

Total Emissions

-3.4%

Emissions for Offsets

-4.0%

* 2010 public sector emissions numbers used for normalisation are based on data from May 2012, which is slightly different from the published 2010 emissions (total emissions 814,149, Emissions for offsets 729,782).  This is due to amendments made to the 2010 emissions data. 

School districts GHG Emissions by Source - 2011School District Emissions and Offset Investment

In 2011, school districts produced a total of 214,048 tonnes CO2e from all sources covered by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

In order to become carbon neutral for the 2011 calendar year, school districts invested $4,783,400 in 191,335 tonnes CO2e of carbon offsets from Pacific Carbon Trust

Please note that school bus emissions must be reported but are not required to be offset under section 4(2)(c) of the Carbon Neutral Government Regulation of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

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Post-secondary GHG Emissions by Source - 2011Post Secondary Emissions and Offset Investment

In 2011, post-secondary institutions produced a total of 161,727 tonnes CO2e from all sources covered by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

In order to become carbon neutral for the 2011 calendar year, post-secondary institutions invested $3,980,175 in 159,207 tonnes CO2e of carbon offsets from Pacific Carbon Trust.

Please note that busing and biomass emissions must be reported, but are not required to be offset under the Carbon Neutral Government Regulation of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

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Health authorities GHG Emissions by Source - 2011Health Authority Emissions and Offset Investment

In 2011, health authorities and affiliates produced a total of 231,691 tonnes CO2e from all sources covered by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

In order to become carbon neutral for the 2011 calendar year, health authorities and affiliates invested $5,786,800 in 231,472 tonnes CO2e of carbon offsets from Pacific Carbon Trust.

Please note that biomass emissions must be reported, but are not required to be offset under the Carbon Neutral Government Regulation of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

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Crown corporations GHG Emissions by Source - 2011Crown Corportation Emissions and Offset Investment

In 2011, Crown corporations produced a total of 158,361 tonnes CO2e from all sources covered by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

In order to become carbon neutral for the 2011 calendar year, Crown corporations invested $2,420,425 in 96,817 tonnes CO2e of carbon offsets from Pacific Carbon Trust.

Please note that B.C. Transit’s public transit bus emissions must be reported but are not required to be offset under section 4(2)(c) of the Carbon Neutral Government Regulation of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

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Core Government GHG Emissions by Source - 2011Core Government Emissions and Offset Investment

In 2011, Core government produced 98,212 tonnes CO2e from all sources covered by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

In addition to measuring emissions from fleet vehicles, buildings, and paper, Core government is also required to report and offset emissions from business travel.

It was estimated that stationary fugitive emissions from cooling comprise less than 1% of Core government’s total emissions and an ongoing effort to collect or estimate emissions from this source is disproportionately onerous. For this reason, emissions from this source have been deemed out-of-scope and have not been included in Core government’s total greenhouse gas emissions profile.

In order to become carbon neutral for the 2011 calendar year, Core government invested $2,416,950 in 96,678 tonnes CO2e of carbon offset from Pacific Carbon Trust.

Please note that emissions from biofuels were reported as part of Core government's greenhouse gas emissions profile in 2011. However, they are not required to be offset as they are carbon neutral under the Carbon Neutral Government Regulation.

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Carbon Neutral B.C. - Transforming B.C.'s Public Sector2010 Summary and Highlights

View a summary of the energy conservation achievements from across B.C.’s public sector in the June 2011 report, available below:

View individual Carbon Neutral Action Reports (above) to see the hundreds of actions taken to reduce energy use and GHG emissions and get a sense of the plans going forward.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Offset Investment

In 2010, B.C.’s public sector produced a total of 814,149 tonnes CO2e from all sources covered by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act. Of this total, 84,367 did not require offsetting under regulation.

In order to become carbon neutral for the 2010 calendar year, B.C.’s public sector invested $18,244,575 in 729,782 tonnes CO2e of carbon offsets from the Pacific Carbon Trust.

All Sectors GHG Emissions by Source - 2010GHG Emissions by Sector - 2010

School District Emissions and Offset Investment

In 2010, school districts produced a total of 198,387 tonnes CO2e from all sources covered by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

School districts GHG Emissions by Source - 2010In order to become carbon neutral for the 2010 calendar year, school districts invested $4,416,798 in 176,672 tonnes CO2e of carbon offsets from Pacific Carbon Trust

Please note that school bus emissions must be reported but are not required to be offset under section 4(2)(c) of the Carbon Neutral Government Regulation of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

2010 Highlights from this sector:
  • 95% of school districts are working on an anti-idling policy and/or are raising anti-idling awareness for fleet drivers
  • 95% are posting materials online that were previously printed
  • 87% have installed power management software which shuts down computers outside of regular business hours
  • 82% are installing web-conferencing software to reduce the need for travel
  • 80% have completed energy retrofits on existing, owned buildings
  • 75% are implementing a sustainable purchasing program

Post Secondary Emissions and Offset Investment

Post-secondary GHG Emissions by Source - 2010In 2010, post-secondary institutions produced a total of 150,959 tonnes CO2e from all sources covered by theGreenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

In order to become carbon neutral for the 2010 calendar year, post-secondary institutions invested $3,769,485 in 150,779 tonnes CO2e of carbon offsets from Pacific Carbon Trust.

Please note that busing and biomass emissions must be reported, but are not required to be offset under theCarbon Neutral Government Regulation of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

2010 Highlights for this sector:
  • 96% of post-secondary institutions have completed energy retrofits on existing, owned buildings
  • 88% have completed or are working building projects targeting LEED-NC Gold at a minimum
  • 88% are working towards establishing energy performance baseline for owned buildings
  • 81% have switched networked printers and photocopiers to automatic double-sided printing
  • 77% have installed real-time energy meters in their facilities
  • 77% are creating sustainability/energy conservation teams with executive endorsement

Health Authority Emissions and Offset Investment

Health authorities GHG Emissions by Source - 2010In 2010, health authorities and affiliates produced a total of 217,331 tonnes CO2e from all sources covered by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

In order to become carbon neutral for the 2010 calendar year, health authorities and affiliates invested $5,428,384 in 217,135 tonnes CO2e of carbon offsets from Pacific Carbon Trust.

Please note that biomass emissions must be reported, but are not required to be offset under the Carbon Neutral Government Regulation of theGreenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

2010 Highlights from this sector:
  • 100% are removing stand alone printers and fax machines and are installing more efficient multi-function devices instead
  • 94% are posting materials online that were previously printed
  • 86% are working on an anti-idling policy and/or are raising anti-idling awareness for fleet drivers
  • 81% encourage commuting by foot, bicycle, carpool or public transit and provide shower or locker facilities for staff
  • 75% have installed video-conferencing units in meeting rooms or provide mobile video-conferencing units to reduce the need for travel

Crown Corporation Emissions and Offset Investment

Crown corporations GHG Emissions by Source - 2010In 2010, Crown corporations produced a total of 152,978 tonnes CO2e from all sources covered by theGreenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

In order to become carbon neutral for the 2010 calendar year, Crown corporations invested $2,306,130 in 92,245 tonnes CO2e of carbon offsets from Pacific Carbon Trust.

Please note that B.C. Transit’s public transit bus emissions must be reported but are not required to be offset under section 4(2)(c) of theCarbon Neutral Government Regulation of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

Highlights from this sector:
  • 92% of crown agencies have switched networked printers and photocopiers to automatic double-sided printing
  • 84% have virtualised servers to save energy
  • 84% are working towards purchasing 100 per cent post-consumer recycled paper
  • 79% of agencies with vehicle fleets have replaced vehicles with more efficient models
  • 72% are installing web-conferencing software to reduce the need for travel

Core Government Emissions and Offset Investment

Core Government GHG Emissions by Source - 2010In 2010, Core government produced 94,494 tonnes CO2e from all sources covered by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

In addition to measuring emissions from fleet vehicles, buildings, and paper, Core government is also required to report and offset emissions from business travel.

It was estimated that stationary fugitive emissions from cooling comprise less than 1% of Core government’s total emissions and an ongoing effort to collect or estimate emissions from this source is disproportionately onerous. For this reason, emissions from this source have been deemed out-of-scope and have not been included in Core government’s total greenhouse gas emissions profile.

In order to become carbon neutral for the 2010 calendar year, Core government invested $2,323,778 in 92,951 tonnes CO2e of carbon offset from Pacific Carbon Trust.

Please note that 1,543 tonnes CO2e of emissions from biofuels were reported as part of Core government's greenhouse gas emissions profile in 2010. However, they are not required to be offset as they are carbon neutral under the Carbon Neutral Government Regulation.

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2009 Summary and Highlights

Under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act, all public sector organisations are required to report out annually on their plans and actions taken to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Find the 2009 Carbon Netural Action Report summary and the Carbon Netural Action Reports sorted by sector, below.

School Districts - Sector Highlights

  • 92% of school districts have introduced an anti-idling policy and/or raised anti-idling awareness for fleet drivers
  • 92% post materials online that were previously printed
  • 87% encourage staff to hold paperless meetings or presentations
  • 87% have installed power management software which shuts down computers outside of regular business hours

Post Secondary - Sector Highlights

  • 92% of post-secondary institutions are purchasing 30% post-consumer recycled paper
  • 88% are posting materials online that were previously printed
  • 88% are implementing server virtualisation
  • 81% are establishing an energy performance baseline for owned buildings

Health Authorities - Sector Highlights

  • 93% of health authorities and affiliates are posting materials online that were previously printed
  • 73% are providing shower or locker facilities for staff/students who commute by foot or by bicycle
  • 67% are establishing an energy performance baseline for owned buildings
  • 67% are installing web-conferencing software

Crown Corporations - Sector Highlights

  • 89% of Crown corporations are posting materials online that were previously printed
  • 82% are encouraging staff to hold paperless meetings or presentations
  • 79% are purchasing 100% post-consumer recycled paper
  • 79% are encouraging commuting by foot, bicycle, carpool or public transit

Core Government - Sector Highlights

  • 100% of ministries and agencies are installing web-conferencing software
  • 100% are installing power management software which shuts down computers outside of regular business hours
  • 100% are encouraging commuting by foot, bicycle, carpool or public transit
  • 100% are creating green, sustainability, energy conservation or climate action teams with executive endorsement

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2008 Summary and Highlights

Under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act, all public sector organisations are required to report out annually on their plans and actions taken to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Find the 2008 Carbon Netural Action Report summary and the Carbon Netural Action Reports sorted by sector, below.