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.

2021 public sector CCAR highlights

  • In 2021, PSOs generated 737,017 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from their operations
  • This represents a reduction of 46,114 tonnes compared to 2020, equivalent to taking approximately 16,469 cars off the road for a year
  • Over the past twelve years, public sector emissions decreased by 109,307 tonnes or almost 13% compared to the baseline year of 2010
    • Emissions from buildings decreased by 25% compared to 2010 levels (see note 5 below)
    • Emissions from office paper decreased by 35% compared to 2010 levels
    • Emissions from fleet have remained approximately the same since 2010

Historical Comparison

B.C. public sector emissions (tCO2e)

See the CNG program requirements page for 2021 reporting year timelines.

Public Sector Emissions
Year 2010
2021 % Reduction
Total Emissions 846,324 737,017 12.9
Offset Exempt Emissions (1) 78,858 75,778 n/a
Bio-CO2 Emissions (2) 5,039 18,879 n/a
Net Offsettable Emissions 762,428 642,360 15.7

(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 642,360 offsets required for 2021, an additional 588 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.

(5) Updates to align electricity emissions factors with CleanBC’s industry program approach, made in June 2021 to update 2010-2020 emissions data, mean historic emissions have been updated and do not match what had been posted on this page in previous years. The updated electricity emissions factor for 2021 is also responsible for a large year-over-year decrease in estimated building-related emissions, from 11% below 2010 levels in 2020 to a 25% decrease in 2021.