“Reduce the City of Saskatoon's greenhouse gas emissions" measures our success as an organization in reducing our impact on climate change by lowering greenhouse gas emissions by 40% below 2014 levels by 2023, and by 80% below 2014 levels by 2050.
“Reduce the community of Saskatoon's greenhouse gas emissions" measures our success as a community in reducing our impact on climate change by lowering greenhouse gas emissions by 15% below 2014 levels by 2023, and by 80% below 2014 levels by 2050.
How are we doing?
Greenhouse gases (GHGs) are linked to climate change which is predicted to increase the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as droughts, floods and storms. The City of Saskatoon has a role to play in reducing GHGs from its own operations and showing leadership in our community. 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 as highlighted above.
The new targets support the City of Saskatoon's status as a signatory to the Covenant of Mayors for Climate Change and Energy. The Covenant of Mayors for Climate Change and Energy is a global coalition of mayors and city officials pledging to reduce local GHGs, enhance resilience to climate change, and track progress transparently. By signing the compact, cities and towns must actively and publicly demonstrate their efforts to fight climate change.