GHG Data and Reports

Greenhouse gas emissions warm the global atmosphere and cause our climate to change. Our reporting programs help us keep track of progress from climate action in B.C. and find areas for improvement. 

In order to track our success against our legislated emissions reduction targets, the Province collects many climate, energy and greenhouse gas data from a large number of sources from across B.C. The collection and analyses of these data are subject to international standards and best practice methodologies. Furthermore, many stakeholder groups are required to report also on the actions they have taken to mitigate, and adapt to, the impacts of climate change. Progress across all these - and other provincial efforts - is reported regularly in the Green Economy Report and biennially in our Climate Action Plan set of documents.

Major Reporting Streams

At the large scale, we publish B.C.'s Provincial GHG Inventory Report every few years which outlines our province's carbon footprint across six defined economic sectors — energy, industrial processes, solvents and other product use, agriculture, waste and afforestation/deforestation — contributing on the scale of sixty megatonnes carbon dioxide equivalent annually.

Another approach outlines three GHG emission source categories (land-use change from deforestation, buildings and municipal solid waste) from each of the province's community jurisdictions as well as on-road transportation for the Lower Mainland. The reports also include additional emissions information on two memo items at the regional district level: enteric fermentation from agricultural livestock and large industrial facilities (commensurate with how the data is published under the B.C. Reporting Regulation). These reports form the Community Energy & Emissions Inventory (CEEI).

The industrial sector in British Columbia has close to two hundred facilities whose operations each emit over ten thousand tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year. These operations are regulated to report their emissions to the Province each year. These Facility GHG Reports are then published online.

Provincial and Local public institutions and service organizations are also demonstrating leadership taking climate action, as well as measuring and reporting their corporate GHG profiles.

Public Sector Organizations have reported annually since 2008 through a legislative requirement known as Carbon Neutral Action Reports.

Local Government signatories to the Climate Action Charter also report to the Province annually on their corporate and community-wide climate actions in a similar process known as CARIP Reporting. Starting in the 2012 reporting year, many reports will also include the measured carbon footprint of corporate operations (an estimated quarter-million tonnes per year of carbon dioxide equivalent across all jurisdictions).

BC Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report

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