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Corporate Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Corporate Greenhouse Gases

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   Status: Needs Improvement 

Why is it important? 
 

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 the target to reduce the City's corporate (municipal government) greenhouse gas emissions by 30% from 2006 levels by 2023.

Where are we now?
 

The City of Saskatoon’s corporate GHG emissions have increased since 2003. A new inventory is being compiled for 2014 emissions. 

 
Data Table
Total Corporate Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  1990 2003 2006 (est) 2013 (est) 2023
Greenhouse Gas Emissions (tonnes CO2e) 74044 91928 94700 117100  
Target         75000

 

Source: ICLEI Energy Services, 2005; City of Saskatoon Environmental & Corporate Initiatives  

What are we doing?
 

Energy & GHG Management Plan

As a member of the Partners for Climate Protection Program,  the City completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory, set an emissions reduction target and developed a local action plan. The City is currently updating its corporate GHG emissions inventory, and developing a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Business Plan to reduce emissions from its facilities and operations.

 

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.

What can you do?
 

When visiting City facilities, do your part to save energy and water, as well as putting waste in proper bins.

 

Share your ideas on the best ways to reduce waste and save energy and water as the City consults on its current and upcoming major projects.

Did You Know?

75% of the City’s corporate GHG emissions in the 2013 estimate were generated by City owned buildings and the Water and Wastewater Utilities.

 

 

Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Community Greenhouse gases

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   Status: Needs Improvement 

Why is it important? 
 

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.

The City of Saskatoon is in the process of adopting a target  for community GHG emissions.

Where are we now?
 

The community’s GHGs have increased since 2003. A new inventory is being compiled and the Saskatoon Environmental Advisory Committee is selecting a reduction target.

 
Data Table
Total Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  1990 2003 2006 (est) 2013 (est) 2020
Greenhouse Gas Emissions (tonnes CO2e) 2466239 3583339 3835648 5039944 Target Pending

Source: ICLEI Energy Services, 2005; City of Saskatoon Environmental & Corporate Initiatives

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.

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.

 

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

 

 

Transportation Choices

Transportation choices

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   Status: Needs Improvement 

Why is it important? 
 

Transportation impacts the environment, with vehicles generating more GHG emissions and requiring more land for road infrastructure than public transportation, cycling and walking.

 

Where are we now?
 

The percentage of residents using cycling, walking or transit to get to work has been relatively stable since 2001, and needs improvement to meet the 2023 target adopted by City Council. 

 
Data Table
Transportation Choices
  1996 2001 2006 2011 2013 2023
Statistics Canada 14.40 12.40 12.30 11.50  
Household Travel Survey         14.00  
Target           20

Source: Statistics Canada and Household Travel Survey 

What are we doing?
 

Five-Year Transit Plan 

The City has a new transit plan that will improve customer service, move towards Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), and develop a Control Centre to monitor the entire system and instantly reroute around traffic congestion and detours.

Protected Bike Lane Demonstration Project 

Two protected bike lanes are now installed on 23rd Street East and 4th Avenue in Saskatoon's downtown. Lanes are physically separated from vehicles and pedestrians by parked vehicles, a painted buffer and flexible posts.

Sidewalk Inventory 

The City of Saskatoon completed a sidewalk inventory in 2015 which will prioritize the repair and replacement of sidewalks throughout the entire city, improving pedestrian safety.

 

Active Transportation Plan

The City approved the Active Transportation Plan (ATP) in 2016, as part of the Growth Plan to Half a Million. The ATP will help provide more choices for moving around Saskatoon by addressing community infrastructure needs for cycling, walking and other modes of active transportation. The targets set through the ATP expand on the City's initial targets, by doubling the proportion of cycling, walking and transit users to 32% of all daily trips by 2045 (8% cycling, 16% walking and 8% transit).

 

What can you do?
 

Visit Saskatoon Transit’s route planner  to find the best way to get you to work or school.

 

Find bicycle routes and safety tips using the Saskatoon cycling guide.

 

Find out if your workplace has a ride share program to promote carpooling and if not consider starting a simple one with a message board or map.

 

Did You Know?

You can reduce your GHGs by approximately 470kg CO2e if you take public transit rather than driving to work, plus you will save on car expenses like fuel, maintenance and parking. 

 

 

Air Quality

Airquality Index

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   Status: Needs Improvement 

Why is it important? 
 

Good air quality is important to our health and the environment. While Saskatoon has many favourable features for good air quality, sources of pollution make ongoing monitoring important.

 

The Strategic Plan vision statement for Environmental Leadership  includes clean air. 

 

Where are we now?

Saskatoon’s average Air Quality was ranked as Good by the Air Quality Index in 2014, and has been showing a slow downward trend over the past decade. This means that on average residents with severe respiratory ailments now may notice minor effects, when prior to 2009 the air quality was ranked Excellent and there were no known health impacts.

 
Data Table
Air Quality
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Average Air Quality Index 14 14 15 14 15 18 17 16 17 18

Air Quality Index Range Impact on Environment and Human Health
Excellent 0-15 No known harmful effects to soil, water, vegetation, animals, materials, visibility or human health.
Good 16-25 No known harmful effects to soil, water, vegetation, animals, materials, visibility or human health. Persons with severe respiratory ailments sensitive to air pollution may notice some minor effects.
Fair 26-50 Adequate protection against harmful effects to soil, water, vegetation, animals, materials, visibility and human health . Persons with severe respiratory ailments sensitive to air pollution may need to modify their usual outdoor activities if experiencing effects.
Poor 51-100 Not all aspects of the environment and human health are adequately protected from possible adverse effects. The general population should consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous outdoor activities and higher-risk populations should reduce or reschedule outdoor activities.
Very Poor >100 Continued air quality in this range could pose high risk to environment and public health.

 

Source: Government of Saskatchewan: 2015 State of the Environment Report. 

What are we doing?

Advisory and Education Role

The regulatory authority for air pollution is with the provincial and federal governments .  The City of Saskatoon therefore serves in an advisory and educational capacity. 

Western Yellowhead Air Management Zone (WYAMZ) 

The City of Saskatoon assists with managing the airshed in which Saskatoon is located. It is the second official air management zone in the province and will result in continuous, real-time air quality monitoring, including monitors in Saskatoon. 

 

What can you do?
 

Environment Canada recommends monitoring the Air Quality Health Index if you have respiratory or cardiovascular condition, have young children, are elderly or are active outdoors. This index tracks the pollutants that cause symptoms like eye irritation, coughing and difficulty breathing. 

 

Consider ways to reduce your air pollution such as taking transit, turning your car off instead of idling and planting a lawn that does not require mowing. 

Did You Know?

One of the main pollutants that impact Saskatoon’s air quality is ground level ozone. It is caused by the reaction of pollutants from industry, electricity generation, and vehicle exhaust with sunlight. The same pollution sources are responsible for greenhouse gas emissions. 

Corporate Alternative Energy Projects

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   Status: Improving 

Why is it important? 

Much of the energy used by the City of Saskatoon in its facilities and operations generate greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.  Developing alternative energy projects can reduce these negative environmental impacts, save money over the long term, and demonstrate leadership in our community.

Where are we now?

There are currently six completed projects that are using or generating ‘greener’ energy and offsetting fossil fuel use

Data Table: Corporate Alternative Energy Projects

Year

# of Projects

Annual GHG Savings (tonnes CO2e)

2009

1

6

2011

3

106

2014

4

45,106

2015

6

51,557

Source: Environmental & Corporate Initiatives, City of Saskatoon.

 

 

Source: Environmental and Corporate Initiatives, City of Saskatoon.

What are we doing?

 

Greenhouse Gas Business Plan

The City of Saskatoon is developing a plan to reduce GHG emissions in city operations and facilities as well as in the broader community.  The plan will include additional projects to reduce GHG emissions.

Solar PV Demonstration Site

Saskatoon Light & Power is partnering with the Saskatchewan Environmental Society Solar Co-operative – the first power generation co-operative in the province – and Saskatchewan Polytechnic to create a Solar Photovoltaic (PV) demonstration site.

Proposed Hydropower Generation at the Weir

Saskatoon Light & Power is exploring the viability of hydropower generation at the Saskatoon Weir that could generate power for up to 4,800 homes.

 

What can you do?

Consider alternative energy for your home or business.  For example, solar energy systems generate clean, reliable power using FREE fuel (i.e., the Sun) – without producing pollution or CO2 emissions.

   Did You Know?

One-half of Saskatoon's Ecological Footprint is from the consumption of good and services (27%) and government services (23%).