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Provincial emissions targets

Using 2007 as the baseline, B.C. is committed to greenhouse gas reductions of:

  • 16% by 2025
  • 40% by 2030
  • 60% by 2040
  • 80% by 2050

B.C.’s latest GHG emissions data for 2018 shows a net increase of 6% since 2007. This represents an increase of 3.5 million tonnes (Mt) of CO2e to a total of 66.9Mt. The data does not include reductions from many of the actions from CleanBC, which was launched in December of that year. Net emissions refer to gross emissions less the offsets from B.C. forest management projects that have been validated under B.C. government regulated offset standards.

Sectoral emissions targets

In March 2021, to help meet provincial greenhouse gas targets, the Province established new 2030 emission reduction targets for four sectors, with 2007 as the baseline:

  • Transportation, 27-32%
  • Industry, 38-43%
  • Oil and gas, 33-38%
  • Buildings and communities, 59-64%

The sectoral targets, which are required under the Climate Change Accountability Act, help identify emission-reduction and energy-saving opportunities that support the provincial 2030 emissions target. They are intended to serve as guideposts to keep government accountable as it continues to work with sectors to reduce emissions while remaining globally competitive.

As part of legislated requirements, government will review these targets by 2025, with options to expand the number of sectors included, adjust the targets or narrow the percentage ranges.

B.C.'s gross GHG emissions and categories by sector, 2018

Sector 2018 GHGs % change from 2007 GHG categories
Transportation 27.7 +23% Emissions from on-road light-duty vehicles, on-road heavy-duty vehicles, off-road vehicles and other transportation
Oil and Gas 13.3 +8% Emissions from oil and gas extraction, processing and refining, as well as transportation emissions from pipelines
Other Industry 12.9 +2% Emissions from industries other than oil and gas related to combustion of fuels at industrial facilities, coal fugitives, industrial processes, as well as those from construction and agriculture.
Buildings and Communities 14.0 -13% Emissions from commercial and institutional buildings, residential buildings, waste, and land-use change such as urban and agricultural expansion (afforestation/deforestation)

Accountability reporting

The Province publishes B.C.’s greenhouse gas emissions every year through the provincial GHG inventory. Starting with a voluntary report published in 2019, the Province reports annually on progress to our emission reductions targets and CleanBC goals with a climate change accountability report tabled in the legislature.

Current Climate Change Accountability Report:

Previous Climate Change Accountability Reports:

Supplemental Reports:

Progress to Targets every two years: