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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.

A greenhouse gas emissions inventory for the community was recently calculated for 2014. In consultation with Saskatchewan Environmental Society and Saskatoon Environmental Advisory Committee, the City has adopted targets to reduce the community's greenhouse gas emissions by 15% 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 community GHG emissions have increased 8% since the last completed emissions inventory in 2003. 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 Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  1990 2003 2006 (est) 2014 2016 2017 2023 2050
Greenhouse Gas Emissions (tonnes CO2e) 2466239 3583339 3835648 3852171 3686633 3713892    
Target              3274345 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.

What can you do?

Save money while reducing your GHG emissions by conserving energy and water at home. Or take it a step further and generate your own electricity - learn more by visiting the Customer-Based Generation Programs website.

When making a purchase, consider energy and water use, which could end up saving you money over the long term.

Recycling and composting result in fewer GHGs than having that waste in the landfill. Take advantage of the many programs that are available to Saskatoon residents.

Did You Know?

Climate change scenarios for the Prairie Provinces predict that there will be an increase in temperature, a reduction in soil moisture and a higher frequency of extreme weather events such as droughts, floods and extreme temperatures. The City of Saskatoon is considering adaptation strategies.