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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 adopted targets to reduce Corporate (City of Saskatoon local government) GHGs by 40% below 2014 levels by 2023, and 80% below 2014 levels by 2050.

Where are we now?

Corporate GHG emissions increased by 5%, or by approximately 5,000 tonnes CO2e, between 2014 and 2019. Emission increases were reported in the Water & Wastewater, Fleet, Waste, Other Energy, and Agriculture sectors, while emissions decreased in the Buildings and Streetlighting sectors. Corporate emissions represent approximately 3% of the Community's emission total. More details on the 2018 and 2019 Corporate GHG emission inventories are available in: Climate Action Plan: Progress Report 2020

Data table
Total Corporate Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Year Greenhouse Gas Emissions (tonnes CO2e) Target
1990 74044  
2003 91928  
2006 (est) 94700  
2014 106497  
2016 107478  
2017 108849  
2018 113368  
2019 111443  
2023   63898
2050   21299

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

What are we doing?

Climate Change

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.

Vehicle Fleet Efficiencies

On-board global positioning systems (GPS) have been installed on garbage trucks to reduce the number of vehicle kilometers travelled through new routings.

Green Energy Generation

The City’s projects include solar hot water systems, landfill gas capture and combustion, and combined heat and power generators.

Did You Know?

62% of the City’s Corporate GHG emissions are generated by the Buildings and Water & Wastewater sectors.