2013 Reports, Summary and Highlights

 

2013 Summary and Highlights

Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Offset Investment

In 2013, B.C.’s public sector produced a total of 796,080 tonnes CO2e from all sources covered by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act. Of this total, 104,481 did not require offsetting under regulation.

In order to become carbon neutral for the 2013 calendar year, B.C.’s public sector invested $17,314,975 in 692,599 tonnes CO2e of carbon offsets from the Pacific Carbon Trust (now the Climate Investment Branch).

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

The 2013 data shows the lowest absolute amount of GHG emissions so far, representing a 2% decrease over baseline year 2010. Additionally, it is important to note that when the current emissions data are normalized for climate variability (different weather conditions) based on the 30-year climate normal temperature, it is estimated that relative emissions have decreased 7.5% in 2013 over 2010, and this number grows to over ten per cent when we look at only those emissions requiring the purchase of carbon offsets.

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 data in June 2014 - provides updated baseline year data by which subsequent years' performance is measured against. Note that while climate/weather 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.
 

B.C. Public Sector Emissions Normalized for Climate/Weather

Year

2010 (baseline)

2013

% Reduction

Total Emissions

812,948

796,080

2.1

Emissions for Offsets

728,563

692,599

4.9

Normalized Total Emissions

861,129

796,388

7.5

Normalized Emissions for Offsets

776,645

692,943

10.8

Note: this data reflects amendments to data originally reported in summaries below of previous reporting years.

School District Emissions and Offset Investment

In 2013, school districts produced a total of 190,428 tonnes CO2e from all sources covered by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

In order to become carbon neutral for the 2013 calendar year, school districts invested $4,203,350 in 168,134 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

In 2013, post-secondary institutions produced a total of 154,186 tonnes CO2e from all sources covered by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

In order to become carbon neutral for the 2013 calendar year, post-secondary institutions invested $3,405,875 in 136,235 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

In 2013, health authorities and affiliates produced a total of 232,511 tonnes CO2e from all sources covered by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

In order to become carbon neutral for the 2013 calendar year, health authorities and affiliates invested $5,796,975 in 231,879 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

In 2013, Crown corporations produced a total of 147,968 tonnes CO2e from all sources covered by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.

In order to become carbon neutral for the 2013 calendar year, Crown corporations invested $2,158,725 in 86,349 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

In 2013, Core government produced 70,987 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 GHG emissions profile.

In order to become carbon neutral for the 2013 calendar year, Core government invested $1,750,050 in 70,002 tonnes CO2e of carbon offsets.

Please note that emissions from biofuels were reported as part of Core government's GHG emissions profile in 2013. However, they are not required to be offset as they are deemed carbon neutral under the Carbon Neutral Government Regulation.

2013 Public Sector Organizations' annual Carbon Neutral Action Reports
(by Sector):

Note: In the case of discrepancies in emissions totals, refer to the emissions source report appended to each CNAR or the appendix of data in the annual report.

2013 Annual Report (PDF, 1.8MB)

 

 

2013 Carbon Offset Project Portfolio

As public sector organizations, you are an integral part of a world-leading system that is helping drive action on climate change province-wide and creating job opportunities in local communities. Environmental responsibility and economic growth can, and do, coexist in B.C.

For the 2013 calendar year, 677,884 tonnes of offsets were retired on behalf of B.C.’s 131 provincial public sector organizations, a reduction equivalent to the annual emissions from 132,919 passenger vehicles.

Portfolio Summary

Project Validator Verifier Sector Project Type* Project Tonnes
Biomass Fuel Switch (Interfor) KPMG Conestoga-Rovers & Associates Forestry FS 16,417
Boiler Upgrades to Increase Thermal Efficiency (Canfor Pulp RB #1) Ernst & Young KPMG Forestry FS 50,014
Bus Fuel Switch Project (BC Transit/Translink) KPMG First Environment Transportation FS 60
Clean Tech Biomass Gasification (Kruger Products) Ernst & Young Ruby Canyon Engineering Forestry FS 16,441
Electrification of Gas Processing Plant (CNRL) Stantec Ruby Canyon Engineering Oil and Gas FS 74,283
Engine Fuel Gas Management Program of Activities (Blue Source) Stantec Ruby Canyon Engineering Oil and Gas EE 6,524
Greenhouse Fuel Switch (Sun Select Farms) Stantec Ruby Canyon Engineering Agricultural FS 13,463
Improved Forest Management (Great Bear Initiative) Stantec KPMG Forestry Sq 80,000
Improved Forest Management (Nanwakolas) Stantec KPMG Forestry Sq 150,471
Improved Forest Management (TimberWest) KPMG SCS Global Services Forestry Sq 38,715
Landfill Methane Conversion (Salmon Arm Regional Landfill) KPMG Ruby Canyon Engineering Waste EE 7,477
Low Emissions Facility (ARC Resources) Ruby Canyon Engineering KPMG Oil and Gas FS 78,380
Low-Carbon Cement Production (Lafarge) Conestoga-Rovers & Associates PwC Industrial EE 12,157
Methane Capture (Foothills Boulevard Regional Landfill) Ruby Canyon Engineering NSF International Strategic Registrations Waste EE 22,107
Renewable Power Installation (Blue Source) Stantec Ruby Canyon Engineering Oil and Gas FS 45,352
Side Stream Scrubber + Hog System Upgrade (Canfor Pulp PB #4) Ernst & Young KPMG Forestry FS 6,929
Wood Residuals Fuel Switch (Canfor, Chetwynd) KPMG Ruby Canyon Engineering Forestry FS 14,788
Wood Residuals Fuel Switch (Canfor, Fort St. John) KPMG Ruby Canyon Engineering Forestry FS 16,348
Wood Residuals Fuel Switch (Canfor, Mackenzie) KPMG Ruby Canyon Engineering Forestry FS 15,373
Wood Residuals Fuel Switch (Canfor, Prince George) KPMG Ruby Canyon Engineering Forestry FS 12,585
Total offsets: 677,884**

*Note for project types: EE = Energy efficiency; FS = Fuel switching; Sq = Sequestration
**In 2013, B.C.’s public sector emitted 796,080 tonnes of CO2e, 692,599 of which required the purchase of offsets. The final step to become carbon neutral is the retirement of an equivalent quantity of offsets. As a result of adjustments to 2010 – 2012 public sector emissions and payments, 14,715 tonnes less than the total offsettable emissions for the year were retired.