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 reports will be posted by June 30, 2018.

2016 CNAR Summary & Highlights

  • Since 2010, annual emissions have decreased over 6 percent – approximately 54,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) – after weather normalization
  • Since 2010, over half of B.C.'s 126 PSOs have achieved a 15 percent reduction in emissions, and over a quarter have reduced emissions by approximately 25 percent or more
  • For 2016, B.C.'s PSOs invested $15.6 million in 623,876 tonnes of carbon offsets, 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 2016 carbon neutral commitment, B.C. retired 622,758 tonnes of carbon offsets, after accounting for prior year adjustments of -1,118 tonnes in public sector emissions

Historical Comparison

B.C. Public Sector Emissions (tCO2e)


2010 (baseline)


% Reduction

Total Emissions




Weather-normalized Total Emissions




Offsetable Emissions




Annual data is sometimes amended after the publication of a given year's reports. Accordingly, the table above, which reflects data updated in June 2017, provides revised baseline year data. 2010 is the benchmark against which subsequent years' performance has been measured.