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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 has adopted targets to reduce the City's corporate (local 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?

Results of the 2014 GHG emissions inventory show that the City of Saskatoon’s corporate (local government) emissions increased 15% since the last completed emissions inventory in 2003, and represent approximately 2% of total emissions in Saskatoon. 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

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  
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?

73% of the City’s corporate GHG emissions in the 2014 inventory were generated by the Buildings and Water & Wastewater sectors.