This report of the city of Edmonton's greenhouse gas emissions follows the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories. This is an international standard that allows Edmonton to be compared with other cities reporting to the same level (Basic +), around the world.
Data for this measure comes departments within the City, as well as ATCO Gas, ATCOGas NEOC, ATCO Pipelines, EPCOR, EPCOR Water Services, Alberta Transportation, Alberta Environment and Parks, the National Inventory Report, Alberta Treasury, the City of Edmonton Waste Management Center, the National Pollutant Release Inventory, Statistics Canada, and third party waste management companies.
City Operations' emissions are included in, and make up less than 2 percent of the Community GHG Emissions reported here.
Carbon dioxide emissions absorb and trap heat in the atmosphere; as these emissions increase our climate changes. These changes include increases in extreme weather and flooding, higher temperatures and heat waves, drought and reduced water supplies, and loss of biodiversity.
Data Sources: ATCO gas, ATCOGas NEOC, ATCO Pipelines, EPCOR, EPCOR Water Services, Alberta Transportation, Alberta Environment and Parks, the National Inventory Report, Alberta Treasury, the City of Edmonton Waste Management Centre, the National Pollutant Release Inventory, Statistics Canada, and third party waste management companies.
Explanation of Performance
The City of Edmonton's total community emissions for 2018 were estimated to be 18,730,000 tonnes of CO2e which is an increase of approximately 3% over 2017. Per capita emissions were 19.1 tonnes of CO2e, which was the same as the previous year.
Between 2017 and 2018:
A number of programs outlined in the CETs continued to grow in 2018 including the Corporate Climate Leaders Program, the EnerGuide Residential Energy Labeling Program, the Large Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure program, and the development of a comprehensive electric vehicle strategy. These programs combined with a renewed effort to promote and expand existing programs such as the changeforclimate.ca outreach program are expected to assist in reducing emissions in the community over time. Major projects such as Blatchford and the expansion of the LRT system will further reduce community GHG emissions.
Did you know?
Edmonton has an Energy Transition Strategy that will transform it into a city fueled by sustainable energy. The purpose of this Strategy is to identify the actions that must be taken in order to:
For information about Edmonton’s Energy Transition Strategy: http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/environmental_stewardship/energy-transition.aspx
For information about the City's strategic plan, The Way Ahead: http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/city_vision_and_strategic_plan/the-way-ahead.aspx
Check out the City's Environmental Strategic Plan, The Way We Green: http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/city_vision_and_strategic_plan/the-way-we-green.aspx
2018 State of the Environment Report: Currently in press.