The City of Saskatoon (City) is taking action on climate change and working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A climate action plan is being developed for the City and the community at large to coordinate our actions and investments.
Saskatoon’s Climate Change Commitments
Since 2004, the City of Saskatoon (City) has been a member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Partners for Climate Protection Program, which is a network of over 300 Canadian municipalities that have made a public commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and act on climate change.
In November 2015, the City also became a signatory of the Compact of Mayors (now Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy), which is an international alliance of cities and local governments with a shared long-term vision of promoting and supporting action to combat climate change. As part of this commitment, the City is required to develop and submit a climate action plan within three years of becoming a signatory that demonstrates how Saskatoon will deliver on its promise to mitigate GHG emissions.
Both programs are guiding the City towards specific environmental performance and climate action goals.
Learn more: Saskatoon’s Climate Change Commitments
Saskatoon’s Climate Action Plan
The City of Saskatoon (City) is currently creating a climate action plan that will focus on the local causes and effects of climate change, as well as solutions and opportunities that reflect what’s possible in our community. The plan will guide action and investment by the City, as well as outline ways that the City can support community initiatives. To be successful, the City will engage with residents, key stakeholders, and the Industrial Commercial and Institutional (ICI) sector to identify climate action priorities, opportunities, and areas of interest. Once we have a plan, we will need to work together to make sure we improve the health of our environment, the vibrancy and resiliency of our local economy, and the well-being of all people in Saskatoon.
Phase 1: Mitigation
The City is currently developing the mitigation phase of its climate action plan that will focus on addressing the root causes of climate change. The plan will outline how Saskatoon can meet its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets for the community and City operations (learn more: Report - Climate Change Mitigation Business Plan - Opportunities).
It will also include:
- Opportunities to reduce GHG emissions within each sector,* including potential programs, policy tools, pilot projects, incentives, and educational programming (learn more: Climate Change Mitigation Opportunities for Saskatoon);
- A financial and feasibility analysis of GHG reduction initiatives, including long-term and short-term costs and savings;
- A comparison between climate action and climate inaction approaches, including risks, costs and other implications;
- The potential benefits and challenges that GHG reduction activities may have on the local economy; and
- The other benefits of greenhouse gas reduction activities, such as meeting other environmental, social, and economic priorities.
*Sectors are based on the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories and include: stationary (building) energy consumption; transportation; waste management; agriculture and land use; and industrial processing.
Once the climate action plan on mitigation is approved by City Council, an implementation strategy will be developed that will finalize:
- The set of GHG reduction initiatives that will be led and/or facilitated by the City of Saskatoon;
- Implementation timelines;
- Roles, responsibilities, and expectations (both of the City and community);
- Resource and budget implications; and
- A monitoring and evaluation plan.
Implementation will be ongoing and the strategy will be regularly updated to reflect progress, setbacks, and any other influencing factors.
Phase 2: Adaptation
The second phase will provide adaptation strategies for Saskatoon, so that our community is prepared for the expected impacts of climate change, such as more severe weather. A climate adaptation strategy will identify risks to key infrastructure and support the City's Corporate Asset Management Plan.
Both the mitigation and adaptation strategies of the climate action plan will guide action and investment by the City, as well as outline ways that the City can support community initiatives.
Saskatoon’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The City of Saskatoon (City) measures greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for its own operations and the community. The 2014 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory is the first inventory to have been completed since Saskatoon’s 2003 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory. Updates will be conducted annually in order to track progress and ensure the City and community are on-track to meet their GHG reduction targets.
The 2014 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory showed an increase of 12% in community emissions since 2003. It is possible to reverse this trend as our community continues to grow.
GHG Emission Breakdown for Saskatoon (2014)
GHG Emission Breakdown for City of Saskatoon Operations (2014)
Learn more: Report - Saskatoon Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Update on Compact of Mayors
Saskatoon’s Greenhouse Gas Targets
In June 2017, the City adopted greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets that are in line with federal and international commitments. While the targets are ambitious, the City of Saskatoon (City) is committed to achieving them in partnership with the community.
- City Operations – Reduce GHG emissions by 40% below 2014 levels by 2023, and by 80% below 2014 levels by 2050.
- Community – Reduce GHG emissions by 15% below 2014 levels by 2023, and by 80% below 2014 levels by 2050.
These targets will be reviewed every 5 years and adjusted as necessary to reflect progress, best practices, and developments in the field.
Learn more: Report - Saskatoon Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets
For more information about the City's work plan or to learn about how climate change may impact our community, please visit our climate change page or view the following resources: