Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions
|1990||2003||2006 (est)||2013 (est)||2014||...2023||...2050|
|Gas Emissions (tonnes CO2e)||74094||91298||94700||117100||106497||63900||21300|
The targets measure our success as a corporation and as community in reducing our impact on climate change by lowering GHG emissions and diversifying to more renewable energy sources.
- In order for the City of Saskatoon to meet its corporate targets of "40% below 2014 levels by 2023" and "80% below 2014 levels by 2050" an average reduction of 6,085 tonnes will be required annually from 2017 to 2023 and 1,580 tonnes from 2023 to 2050.
- In order for the Saskatoon to meet its community targets of "15% below 2014 levels by 2023" and "80% below 2014 levels by 2050" an average reduction of 64,500 tonnes will be required annually from 2017 to 2023 and 7,200 tonnes from 2023 to 2050.
What do we need to do to achieve this target?
Setting targets for emissions reductions is the first step in providing support to the corporation and the community to engage in mitigation activities that will contribute to reductions committed to by the Federal government.
Initiatives being implemented, planned, and awaiting funding and their GHG reduction contributions are displayed below. These are not the only emissions reducing initiatives underway at the City of Saskatoon, but provide a general overview of the potential for GHG reductions based on current activities.
|Sector and Targeted Civic Initiatives||Affect on Emissions (tonnes C02e)||% Reduction on Community Emissions|
|Energy (e.g. energy performance contracting, landfill gas expansion project)||326,000||-8.5%|
|Waste (e.g. recycling programs, organics programs)||89,000||-2.3%|
|Transportation (e.g. alternative transportation programs)||70,000||-1.8%|
|Asset Management (e.g. land use strategies, natural asset strategies)||17,000||-0.4%|
What can residents do to reduce emissions?
- Water Conservation - if each home in Saskatoon used rainwater for 50% of their outdoor watering and switched to high-efficiency toilets it would reduce GHG emissions by 3,000 tonnes
- Personal Vehicle Travel - if 50% of commuters found alternate modes of transportation (i.e. carpooling, public transit, cycling, and/or walking) it would reduce GHG emissions by 218,000 tonnes
- Waste Reduction - if all recyclable and organic materials were appropriately disposed of at single unit residential homes and multi-unit residential buildings it would reduce GHG emissions by 151,000 tonnes
- Energy Conservation - if every resident turned the lights off in one room in their home for one hour per day it would reduce GHG emissions by 10,000 tonnes in one year
What are the benefits of achieving the target?
Solutions to reduce GHG emissions have been shown to produce a number of societal, economic, cultural, and environmental co-benefits, including:
- Improved land-use planning and development patterns
- Improvements to individual and public health
- Economic development
- Increases in innovation
- Lower consumer and commercial utility bills
- Enhanced social capital and community cohesiveness
- Smaller ecological footprint
- Increased equity and quality of life benefits
- A safer, healthier, and more accessible city
- Strategic regional planning
- Quieter environment
- More access to natural, recreational, cultural, and educational spaces
- Improved protection and enhancement of natural and naturalized areas
- Decreased burden on future generations
What are the risks?
Few risks exist with efforts aimed at reducing GHG emissions and building Saskatoon's resiliency against climate change. However, there is currently no source funding for the Natural Capital Asset Valuation project or the Climate Adaptation Strategy. As a result the City of Saskatoon will need to leverage existing capital funding and/or secure new funding sources for these initiatives to progress.