Climate action for agriculture

We are taking steps to adapt to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in each of the province’s major economic sectors, including agriculture. Find out what agricultural producers can do to adapt to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Adapting to climate change

Respond to climate change by taking advantage of new opportunities and reducing the risk posed by the negative impacts of climate change.

The British Columbia Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventory

The British Columbia Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory  reports that emissions from crop and animal production account for approximately 3.6% of B.C.’s total.  The major sources of agricultural GHG emissions from crop and animal production include enteric fermentation, manure management, and agricultural soils.

On-farm fuel use and the emission and sequestration of CO2 by agricultural soils account for an additional 1.2% and 0.6%, respectively, of B.C.’s total emissions. The major sources of GHG emissions from on-farm energy use include stationary farm equipment (e.g. greenhouses heaters) and on-farm transportation (e.g. tractors).

Improved management practices can reduce your operation's GHG emissions and could reduce operational costs and/or provide environmental and adaptation co-benefits.

Agricultural GHG study

In 2021, an analysis of B.C. agricultural GHG emissions was completed to better understand major GHG sources and carbon sinks and investigate opportunities to reduce net emissions.