Government of Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory

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The Greening Government Strategy establishes climate and environmental commitments for the Government of Canada’s internal operations. The Government of Canada’s operations will be net-zero emissions by 2050 including:

  • Government owned and leased real property
  • Mobility: fleets, business travel and commuting
  • Procurement of goods and services
  • National safety and security (NSS) operations

To implement net-zero in real property and fleet operations, the Government of Canada will reduce absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions by 40% by 2025 and at least 90% below 2005 levels by 2050. On this emissions reduction pathway, the government will aspire to reduce emissions by an additional 10% each 5 years starting in 2025.

The Government of Canada tracks its energy use and its GHG emissions across 27 departments and agencies. As of fiscal year 2020-21, we have reduced GHG emissions from federal facilities and fleet (excluding NSS) operations by 40.6% from 2005 levels.

Some sources of the Government of Canada’s GHG emissions come from the energy used for its facilities and its non-NSS fleet:

  • facilities comprise office space, defence bases, laboratories and warehouses
  • fleets comprise on-road vehicles and off-road fleets, including cars, vans, trucks, boats, ships and planes. It consists of vehicles and equipment primarily used to transport people and cargo in the conduct of government business, and excludes fleet used for national safety and security operations.

Please note that the COVID-19 pandemic was a major driver of reductions during fiscal year 2020 to 2021, as public health restrictions reduced building occupancy, the use of fleet vehicles and employee work-related air travel. In addition, some year-to-year changes in GHG emissions may be due to data collection gaps, methodology or error correction refinements, while others may be the result of one-time or specific events or actions (such as natural disasters or operational disruptions). Additionally, variations in seasonal weather conditions (for example, the effect of heating or cooling days on building energy use) also influence annual GHG emissions.

  • Publisher - Current Organization Name: Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Publisher - Organization Section Name: Centre for Greening Government
  • Contributor: National Defence, Public Services and Procurement Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Transport Canada, Parks Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Canada Border Services Agency, Health Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Employment and Social Development Canada, Indigenous Services Canada, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, Canada Revenue Agency, Shared Services Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Canadian Space Agency, Correctional Service Canada, National Research Council Canada, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Public Health Agency of Canada, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Library and Archives Canada, Public Safety Canada, National Battlefields Commission, Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services
  • Licence: Open Government Licence - Canada

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