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.

2018 CNAR Summary & Highlights

  • For 2018, B.C.'s PSOs purchased $16.1 million (644,633 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 2018 carbon neutral commitment, B.C. retired 644,633 tonnes of carbon offsets, after accounting for prior year adjustments of 4,746 tonnes in public sector emissions.


Historical Comparison

B.C. Public Sector Emissions (tCO2e)




% Reduction

Total Emissions 813,163 749,544 7.8
Offset Exempt Emissions (1) 79,142 78,202 n/a
Bio-CO2 Emissions (2) 5,076 31,455 n/a
Net Offsetable Emissions 728,945 639,887 12.2
Weather-Normalized Total Emissions 842,019* 753,547* 10.5*

(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.
* Note: Weather normalization compares recent and baseline year building emissions, normalized against average climate (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 2019, provides revised baseline year data. 2010 is the benchmark against which subsequent years' performance has been measured.

Weather Normalization 

Year-to-year weather changes affects the heating and cooling requirements in buildings. To enable comparison to the 2010 baseline year, the Weather-Normalized Total Emissions figure was adjusted to remove weather effects. This is known as weather normalization.

To weather normalize building emissions, the average temperature profile for a 30-year period is used to calculate the number of days buildings use energy to heat or cool (based on temperature above or below 15C).