Carbon Neutral Action Reporting

Since 2010, British Columbia has achieved carbon neutrality each year across its entire provincial public sector, including hospitals, schools, universities, colleges, Crown corporations and core government. This is a first in North America and an achievement that is driving growth in clean energy and technology.

Under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act , all public sector organizations (PSOs) are mandated to report annually on actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). They also account for annual emission levels and offset investments made to achieve net-zero emissions. These reports, called Carbon Neutral Action Reports (CNARs), are available in the Annual Reports and CNARs Table.

2015 Summary and Highlights

  • In 2015, B.C.’s public sector emissions were 738,697 carbon dioxide equivalent tonnes (tCO2e). After normalizing for weather, the emissions were 800,873 tCO2e
  • Since 2010, emissions are down by 5% or approximately 44,000 tCO2e after weather normalization, showing B.C.'s public sector can still cut emissions while serving B.C.'s growing population
  • Since 2010, almost half of PSOs have achieved a 15% reduction in emissions, and 16% of PSOs have reduced emissions by 25%
  • PSOs are demonstrating excellence in emission reductions. For example, Capilano University’s integration of sustainability into its curriculum, operations and campus design has reduced emissions by 41% since 2010. In the health sector, Bella Bella’s residential passive house produces 80% less GHG emission than standard construction
  •  In 2015, B.C.’s public sector invested $15.6 million in 624,585 tonnes of carbon offsets, encouraging innovative reduction projects across all sectors

For more on B.C.’s leading carbon neutral commitment, go to Carbon Neutral Government.

Historical Data

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


2010 (baseline)


% Reduction

Total Emissions




Emissions for Offsets




Normalised Total Emissions




Normalised Emissions for Offsets




The data reported annually is sometimes amended after the publication of a given year's reports. Accordingly, the following table, which reflects data updated in June 2016, provides revised baseline year data. The baseline year is the benchmark against which subsequent years' performance is measured. Weather-normalized data is presented and demonstrates increased energy efficiency in the provincial public building sector since 2010.

Carbon Neutral Government Year in Review

Carbon Neutral Government 2015

Leading by Example

Front cover of Leading By Example report

B.C.’s First Five Years of Carbon Neutral Government - 2010-2014

BC Offset Economic Impacts 2015

Front cover of BC Offset Economic Report

Economic Analysis of British Columbia's Carbon Offset Projects

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