Public sector Climate Change Accountability Reports

The public sector Climate Change Accountability Reports (CCAR) are annual reports through which all provincial public sector organizations (PSOs) publicly disclose details related to their achievement of carbon neutrality.

CCAR reporting provides a record of each PSO’s greenhouse gas emissions, offset purchases and reduction plans and actions. The CCAR offers a valuable idea bank for organizations seeking to reduce their own energy use and carbon footprint.

PSO Climate Change Accountability Reports are available to view in the Annual reports and CCARs table.

2020 public sector CCAR highlights

  • For 2020, PSOs invested $16.7 million in carbon offsets to achieve carbon neutrality. This offset investment supports innovative emission reduction projects across the province in the forestry, agriculture, transportation, oil and gas, waste management and clean technology sectors and creates economic opportunities.
  • As part of the 2020 carbon neutral commitment, B.C. retired 632,204 tonnes of carbon offsets in June 2021.  

Historical comparison

B.C. public sector emissions (tCO2e)

See the CNG program requirements page for 2020 reporting year timelines.

Public Sector Emissions
Year 2010
2020 % Reduction
Total Emissions 815,534 716,745 12.1
Offset Exempt Emissions (1) 78,839 68,394 n/a
Bio-CO2 Emissions (2) 4,893 18,869 n/a
Net Offsettable Emissions 731,802 629,482 14.0

(1) In accordance with the Carbon Neutral Government Regulation, emissions from school and transit buses must be reported, but are exempt from offset requirements.
(2) Bio-CO2 emissions are produced from the combustion of biogenic fuels (e.g., wood waste for heating, renewable vehicle fuels) and are also offset exempt.
3) In addition to the 629,482 offsets required for 2020, an additional 2,722 offsets were retired to reflect adjustments to previously reported years to ensure all regulated emissions were accounted for.
(4) Due to rounding, numbers presented above may not add up precisely to the totals reported.