2012 Reports, Summary and Highlights

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 (now the Climate Investment Branch).

All Sectors GHG Emissions by Source - 2012GHG Emissions by Sector - 2012

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 normalized 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 below).

The 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 normalization 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.

Climate Normalization - 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B.C. Public Sector Emissions Normalized for Climate

Year

2010

2011

2012

Total Emissions

812,065

873,938

845,235

Emissions for Offsets

727,647

785,379

752,303

Normalized Total Emissions

860,170

(baseline)

849,679

(-1.22%)

848,707

(-1.33%)

Normalized 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 District Emissions and Offset Investment

School Districts GHG Emissions by Source - 2012

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.

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.

Post Secondary Emissions and Offset Investment

Post-Secondary GHG Emissions by Source - 2012

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.

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.

Health Authority Emissions and Offset Investment

Health Authorities GHG Emissions by Source - 2012

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.

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.

Crown Corporation Emissions and Offset Investment

Crown Corporations GHG Emissions by Source - 2012

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.

Please note that BC 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.

Core Government Emissions and Offset Investment

Core Government GHG Emissions by Source - 2012

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 offsets.

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.

2012 Carbon Offset Project Portfolio

For the 2012 calendar year, 761,368 tonnes of offsets were retired on behalf of B.C.’s 128 provincial public sector organizations, a reduction equivalent to the annual emissions from 149,288 passenger vehicles.

The 2012 offset portfolio represents a continued focus on innovative offset projects across B.C. sectors and regions, including two new improved forest management projects that are helping build a conservation economy for local First Nations.

Portfolio Summary

Project Validator Verifier Sector Project Type* Project Tonnes
Biomass Fuel Switch (Interfor) KPMG Conestoga-Rovers & Associates Forestry FS 17,088
Boiler Upgrades to Increase Thermal Efficiency (Canfor Pulp RB #1) Ernst & Young KPMG Forestry FS 42,723
Bus Fuel Switch Project (BC Transit/Translink) KPMG First Environment Transportation FS 26,606
Cement Plant Fuel-Switching (Lafarge) Conestoga-Rovers & Associates KPMG Industrial FS 587
Clean Tech Biomass Gasification (Kruger Products) Ernst & Young Ruby Canyon Engineering Forestry FS 19,730
Electrification of Gas Processing Plant (CNRL) Stantec Ruby Canyon Engineering Oil and Gas FS 31,964
Fuel Switching (Neucel) Ruby Canyon Engineering Ernst & Young Forestry FS 7,111
Engine Fuel Gas Management Program of Activities (Blue Source) Stantec Ruby Canyon Engineering Oil and Gas EE 19,643
Greenhouse Energy Efficiency (Randhawa Farms) Williams Engineering Canada Inc. Ernst & Young Agricultural EE 78
Greenhouse Fuel Switch (Katatheon) Stantec Ernst & Young Agricultural FS 1,893
Greenhouse Fuel Switch (Sun Select Farms) Stantec Ernst & Young Agricultural FS 14,653
Hybrid Heating System (ENBALA) Envirochem KPMG Buildings EE 99
Improved Forest Management (Great Bear Initiative) Stantec KPMG Forestry Sq 220,699
Improved Forest Management (Nanwakolas) Stantec KPMG Forestry Sq 105,000
Improved Forest Management (TimberWest) KPMG SCS Global Services Forestry Sq 52,279
Landfill Methane Conversion (Salmon Arm Regional Landfill) KPMG Ruby Canyon Engineering Landfill EE 12,393
Low Emissions Facility (ARC Resources) Ruby Canyon Engineering KPMG Oil and Gas FS 82,429
Low-Carbon Cement Production (Lafarge) Conestoga-Rovers & Associates KMPG Industrial EE 5,052
Methane Capture (Foothills Boulevard Regional Landfill) Ruby Canyon Engineering NSF International Strategic Registrations Landfill EE 18,154
Natural Gas Pipeline Venting Reduction (Spectra) Stantec Ernst & Young Oil and Gas EE 1,859
Renewable Power Installation (Blue Source) Stantec Ruby Canyon Engineering Oil and Gas FS 31,915
Side Stream Scrubber + Hog System Upgrade (Canfor Pulp PB #4) Ernst & Young KPMG Forestry FS 14,282
Wood Residuals Fuel Switch (Canfor, Chetwynd) KPMG PwC Forestry FS 9,647
Wood Residuals Fuel Switch (Canfor, Fort St. John) KPMG Ernst & Young Forestry FS 6,616
Wood Residuals Fuel Switch (Canfor, Mackenzie) KPMG PwC Forestry FS 11,212
Wood Residuals Fuel Switch (Canfor, Prince George) KPMG PwC Forestry FS 7,656
Total offsets: 761,368

*Note for project types: EE = Energy efficiency; FS = Fuel switching; Sq = Sequestration

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