Provincial greenhouse gas emissions inventory

The Provincial Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Provincial Inventory) reports the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions included in the Province’s legislated emissions reduction targets (a 16% decrease by 2025, 40% by 2030, 60% by 2040, and 80% by 2050). It also reports emissions from changes in land use and forest management for information purposes only.

The Climate Action Secretariat prepares and publishes the Provincial Inventory annually, with up to a two-year delay to allow time to assemble the information. The 1990-2020 Provincial Inventory was published in 2022.

In 2020, B.C.’s gross GHG emissions, as reported in the Provincial Inventory, were 64.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e). This is a decrease of 0.9 MtCO2e (-1%) from 65.5 MtCO2e in 2007, the baseline year for our emissions reduction and sectoral targets.

Net emissions in 2020, after including 1.1 MtCO2e of carbon sequestration by forest management offset projects not covered in the inventory, were 63.5 MtCO2e. This a decrease of 2.0 MtCO2e (-3%) from 2007.