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. 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.

2019 CNAR summary and highlights

  • For 2019, PSOs invested $16.4 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 2019 carbon neutral commitment, B.C. retired 640,305 tonnes of carbon offsets in June 2020.  

Historical comparison

B.C. public sector emissions (tCO2e)

See the CNG program requirements page for 2019 reporting year timelines.

Public Sector Emissions
Year 2010
2019 % Reduction
Total Emissions 814,747 762,168 6.5
Offset Exempt Emissions (1) 78,839 79,498 n/a
Bio-CO2 Emissions (2) 4,898 31,128 n/a
Net Offsettable Emissions 713,010 651,542 10.9
Weather-Normalized Total Emissions 845,144* 742,200* 12.2*

(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).

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).