Corporate Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Status: Needs Improvement
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.
The City of Saskatoon has adopted targets to reduce the City's corporate (municipal government) greenhouse gas emissions by 40% below 2014 levels by 2023, and 80% below 2014 levels by 2050. Please visit the Performance Dashboard for more info.
Where are we now?
The City of Saskatoon’s corporate (local government) GHG emissions have increased 15% since the last completed emissions inventory in 2003. Results of the 2014 inventory show that the corporation's emissions are approximately 2% of the total community emissions - similar to the 2003 results. Increases in the 2014 inventory can be attributed to more robust methodologies for calculating emissions, as well as increases in emissions linked directly to population growth and associated consumption (e.g., energy, fuel, waste, etc.). The full report is available here: 2014 Saskatoon Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory
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Source: ICLEI Energy Services, 2005; City of Saskatoon Environmental & Corporate Initiatives
What are we doing?
The City of Saskatoon is taking action on climate change and working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Supported by the Environmental Leadership goal of the 2013-2023 Strategic Plan, the City has implemented a number of initiatives and is developing a plan to improve the overall environmental performance of the corporation. Please visit the Climate Change webpage for more info.
On-board global positioning systems (GPS) have been installed on garbage trucks to reduce the number of vehicle kilometers travelled through new routings.
The City’s projects include solar hot water systems, landfill gas capture and combustion, and combined heat and power generators.
What can you do?
When visiting City facilities, do your part to save energy and water, as well as putting waste in proper bins.
Share your ideas on the best ways to reduce waste and save energy and water as the City consults on its current and upcoming major projects.
Did You Know?
73% of the City’s corporate GHG emissions in the 2014 inventory were generated by the Buildings and Water & Wastewater sectors.