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Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

“Reduce the City of Saskatoon's greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2023"  measures our success as an organization in reducing our impact on climate change by lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

How are we doing?

In 2017, City Administration completed work on an updated greenhouse gas (GHG) emission inventory for the corporation and the community with 2014 data. The report generated recommendations to update the corporate City of Saskatoon GHG reduction target and create a community-wide target.  The targets are:

  • Corporate City of Saskatoon - Reduce GHG emissions to 40% below 2014 levels by 2023, and by 80% by 2050
  • Saskatoon Community Target - Reduce GHG emissions to 15% below 2014 levels by 2023, and by 80% by 2050

The targets support the City's status as a signatory to the Covenant of Mayors for Climate Change and Energy. 

Data Table
Total Corporate City of Saskatoon Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  1990 2003 2006 (est) 2013 (est) 2014 (est) ...2023
Gas Emissions (tonnes CO2e) 74094 91298 94700 117100 106497 75000

 

Total Saskatoon Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  1990 (est) 2003 2006  (est) 2013 (est)  2014 ...2023
Gas Emissions (tonnes CO2e) 2,500,000 3,600,000 3,800,000 5,000,000 3,900,000 75000


Description

The targets measures our success as a corporation and as community in reducing our impact on climate change by lowering GHG emissions and diversifying to more renewable energy sources.  

  • In order for the City of Saskatoon to meet its corporate targets a reduction of 40% (from 2014 levels) will need to be met by 2023, and by 80% by 2050. This equals a reduction of 42,600 tonnes by 2023, and 85,200 tonnes by 2050, respectively. 
  • In order for the community of Saskatoon to meet its targets a reduction of 15% (from 2014 levels) will need to be met by 2023, and by 80% by 2050. This equals a reduction of 585,000 tonnes by 2023, and 3,120,000 tonnes by 2050, respectively.

What do we need to do to achieve this target?

Setting targets for emissions reductions is the first step in providing support to the corporation and the community to engage in mitigation activities that will contribute to reductions committed to by the Federal government.  

Initiatives being implemented, planned, and awaiting funding and their GHG reduction contributions are displayed below.  These are not the only emissions reducing initiatives underway at the City of Saskatoon, but provide a general overview of the potential for  GHG reductions based on current activities.

Sector Affect on Emissions (tonnes C02e) % Reduction on Corporate Emissions % Reduction on Community Emissions
Energy (e.g. energy performance contracting, landfill gas expansion project) 326,000   -8.5%
Waste (e.g. recycling programs, organics programs) 89,000   -2.3%
Transportation (e.g. alternative transportation programs) 70,000   -1.8%
Asset Management (e.g. land use strategies, natural asset strategies) 17,000   -0.4%
Totals 502,000   -13.0%

What are the benefits of achieving the target?

Solutions to reduce GHG emissions have been shown to produce a number of societal, economic, cultural, and environmental co-benefits, including: 

  • Improved land-use planning and development patterns
  • Improvements to individual and public health
  • Economic development
  • Increases in innovation
  • Lower consumer and commercial utility bills
  • Enhanced social capital and community cohesiveness
  • Smaller ecological footprint
  • Increased equity and quality of life benefits
  • A safer, healthier, and more accessible city
  • Strategic regional planning
  • Quieter environment
  • More access to natural, recreational, cultural, and educational spaces
  • Improved protection and enhancement of natural and naturalized areas
  • Decreased burden on future generations

 

Additionally, committing to emissions reductions will decrease the carbon price obligation set to be implemented by the Federal government in 2018. For example, if the community is able to reduce emissions by even 15% by 2023, the carbon price obligation for the community might be decreased by up to $2.5M.

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