Carbon Neutral Action Reports

The Carbon Neutral Action Report (CNAR) is an annual report through which all provincial public sector organizations (PSOs) publicly disclose details related to their achievement of carbon neutrality.

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

All Carbon Neutral Action Reports are available to view in the Annual Reports and CNARs Table.

2017 CNAR Summary & Highlights

  • For the 2017 reporting year, overall PSO emissions were 3.4 percent lower than they were in 2010, even as our population has grown. This represents a reduction of 27,580 tonnes  - equivalent to taking about 10,000 cars off the road for one year
  • Since 2010, approximately one-third of B.C.'s 128 PSOs have achieved a 15 percent reduction in emissions, and approximately one-fifth have reduced emissions by approximately 25 percent or more
  • For 2017, B.C.'s PSOs purchased $16.8 million in 671,702 tonnes of carbon offsets to achieve carbon neutrality, supporting investments that have encouraged innovative reduction projects across the province in the forestry, agriculture, transportation, oil and gas, waste management and clean technology sectors
  • As part of the 2017 carbon neutral commitment, B.C. retired 676,600 tonnes of carbon offsets, after accounting for prior year adjustments of 4,898 tonnes in public sector emissions
  • Since 2010, annual emissions have decreased over 11 percent – approximately 96,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) – after weather normalisation


Historical Comparison

B.C. Public Sector Emissions (tCO2e)




% Reduction

Total Emissions* 813,164 785,583 3.4
Offset Exempt Emissions (1) 79,141 82,004 n/a
Bio-CO2 Emissions (2) 5,076 31,877 n/a
Net Offsetable Emissions 728,946 671,702 7.9
*Weather-Normalised Total Emissions 842,500 748,700 11.1

(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.
* Weather-normalisation compares recent and baseline year buildings' emissions, normalised against average climate, i.e. heating-degree days (e.g. 2010 experienced a mild winter).

Annual data is sometimes amended after the publication of a given year's reports. Accordingly, the table above, which reflects data updated in June 2018, provides revised baseline year data. 2010 is the benchmark against which subsequent years' performance has been measured.

The provincial government changed the way it calculates the car equivalent for government’s greenhouse gas emissions. Previously, the factor used was 4.73 tonnes per car per year, from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Province now calculates the equivalent using 2.8 tonnes per car per year, which better reflects B.C.-based data.