Public Sector Organizations & Climate Action

Our public sector is leading by example. Each year since 2010, B.C. has proudly achieved carbon neutral operations, maintaining a net impact of zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across public sector organizations (PSOs) including health authorities, school districts, universities, colleges, institutes, Crown corporations and government offices.

Going forward, new commitments will expand the focus of the public sector. PSOs will work toward accelerating emissions reductions more broadly, developing adaptation plans to prepare for climate change, and increasing the use of low-carbon and renewable materials in infrastructure. 

B.C.’s legislated carbon neutral government commitment is a significant first in North America–one that’s reducing emissions, saving energy costs, and spurring the development of clean technology and new jobs. Benefits of the commitment include:

  • B.C.’s public sector organizations generated approximately 44,000 fewer tonnes of GHG emissions in 2015 than in 2010–equivalent to taking 9,400 cars off the road
  • For every 1 percent improvement in energy efficiency, the public sector saves over $4 million in annual fuel costs–savings that can be reinvested into public services such as health care and education
  • Emission offset projects tied to B.C.’s carbon neutral government program contributed $372.5 million to provincial GDP between 2008 and 2014

Key Reports

More information about carbon neutral government and related climate action leadership by PSOs can be found in the following reports:

Carbon Neutral Governement 2015 Year in Review

Important Dates - 2017

  • April 28 – 2016 data in SMARTTool
  • May 15 – Self-certification checklist
  • May 31 – CNARs & Surveys due
  • May 31 – Final offset payment due

PSO Climate Action

Surrey Memorial Hospital

Surrey Memorial Hospital’s state-of the-art critical care tower uses air-to-water heat pumps, central lighting controls and electric vehicle charging stations to save energy and keep annual emissions to less than 1,100 tonnes CO2e.

For more: CNG 2015 (PDF, 2.5 MB)

Offset Projects

Offset Projects - Photo of Leaves

The Cheakamus Community Forest project retains more carbon in the forest by increasing protected areas and using lower-impact cutting techniques.

For more: offset portfolio

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