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Community 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 emissions from the community as a whole show the combined impact of businesses, institutions and residents.

The City of Saskatoon adopted targets to reduce Community GHGs by 15% below 2014 levels by 2023, and 80% below 2014 levels by 2050.

Where are we now?

Community GHG emissions decreased by 2%, or by approximately 80,000 tonnes CO2e, between 2014 and 2019, primarily due to improved accuracy of data rather than reductions in activities that generate emissions. However, per capita emissions decreased by 15%, indicating that community actions are influencing the rate at which we generate emissions, but not enough to impact the absolute emissions target. More details on the 2018 and 2019 Community GHG emission inventory are available in: Climate Action Plan: Progress Report 2020

Data table
Total Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Year Greenhouse Gas Emissions (tonnes CO2e) Target
1990 2466239  
2003 3583339  
2006 (est) 3835648  
2014 3852171  
2016 3686633  
2017 3713892  
2018 3859956  
2019 3771912  
2023   3274345
2050   770434

Source: ICLEI Energy Services, 2005 (1990 and 2003 inventories); City of Saskatoon - Sustainability Division (2006 estimate, all subsequent inventories)

What are we doing?

Energy & Greenhouse Gas Management Plan

The City of Saskatoon’s local action plan includes many community-wide programs and actions, including the role of the City to support active transportation, build more sustainable neighbourhoods, and promote energy and water conservation. The City has implemented a number of initiatives and is developing a plan to continue to improve Saskatoon's environmental performance. Please visit the Climate Change webpage for more info.

Smart Meters

The City is in the process of installing an Advanced Metering Infrastructure system in the Saskatoon Light & Power and Saskatoon Water service areas. The new 'smart' meters will record actual power and water usage by time intervals throughout the day, helping residents track their usage and reduce consumption.

Customer-Based Generation Programs

Saskatoon Light & Power offers a net metering program that allows residents to generate their own electricity and use the electrical grid to manage use of that power.​