City Operations’ Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions measures
the amount of GHG emissions from City Operations including
buildings and other facilities owned by the City, as well as streetlights, vehicle fleet,
transit fleet, solid waste management and GHG emissions from
landfills. The measure also includes an estimate of the reduction
in GHG emissions generated by trees the City maintains, and (beginning in 2013) the emissions saved by the City’s purchase of
green electricity. Data on energy consumption and emissions is collected from third parties, the urban tree inventory, landfill hauler summary reports for waste loads hauled to landfills by contractors, and the landfill waste degradation models.
Climate change due to an increase in GHG emissions impacts Edmontonians’
long-term quality of life. The City wants to take a leadership position in
reducing and monitoring its emissions in order to encourage Edmontonians
and other municipalities to do the same.
Data sources: City Environmental Strategies coordinates the collection of data from all internal groups at the City of Edmonton, the Edmonton Police Service, and EPCOR. Information on emissions from contracted services is provided by City Operations staff.
Explanation of Performance
In 2017 City Operations’ GHG emissions totaled 425 thousand tCO2e (tonnes
of carbon dioxide), which was reduced from 513 thousand tCO2e through to the
procurement of green electricity and the contribution of the urban forest to
Did You Know?
Edmonton has an Energy Transition Strategy that is transforming Edmonton into an energy sustainable city. The purpose of this strategy is to:
A comprehensive State of the Environment report has been prepared to highlight the condition of Edmonton’s environment and measuring the various factors that are contributing to that condition, including progress on the City’s environmental initiatives. The report supports the implementation of The Way We Green by helping citizens, City Council and City Administration make informed decisions. The Way We Green is the City of Edmonton’s environmental strategic plan. It sets out principles, goals, objectives, policies and approaches for Edmonton to live in balance with nature.
Learn more about the City Operations Greenhouse Gas Management Plan: http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/documents/PDF/CityOperationsGHGManagementPlan.pdf
Learn more about the City of Edmonton’s greenhouse gas mitigation efforts in Edmonton’s Energy Transition Strategy: http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/environmental_stewardship/energy-transition.aspx
On-line version - State of the Environment Report: https://dashboard.edmonton.ca/reports/env-2015/Introduction
Printable version - State of the Environment Report: https://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/documents/PDF/ReportOnTheEnvironment2015.pdf
Past Reports on the Environment: https://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/facts_figures/videos-booklets-annual-report-environment.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