Regional Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Source: Metro Vancouver 2018 |
Above is a summary of how different sources contributed to the regional “carbon footprint” (approximately 14.7 million tonnes of greenhouse gases in 2015). Transportation and buildings continue to contribute the greatest share of greenhouse gas emissions in Metro Vancouver’s emission inventory.
Carbon Neutral by 2050
Creating a carbon neutral region by 2050 will require unprecedented greenhouse gas reductions across most sectors. Many sectors must become “zero emissions”, and any remaining greenhouse gas emissions will need to be balanced with ecological and technological carbon removal approaches. The graphic below illustrates how a carbon neutral region can be achieved by a combination of deep emissions reductions in all sectors and some carbon removal.
Carbon Neutral 2050 – a Policy and Modelling Report (2021)
This report describes the anticipated reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by modelling and comparing climate policies for a ‘business as planned’ scenario and an ‘aggressive but achievable’ scenario.
Highlights from the report include:
- By implementing a suite of ‘aggressive yet achievable’ policies, it is possible to significantly decreases greenhouse gas emissions in this region.
- However, even with this significant decrease, the modelling does not indicate we will regional climate targets for 2030, or 2050. To reach those targets requires climate actions beyond those analyzed here.
- Reducing overall energy use and switching to clean, renewable energy are key to reaching the goal of a carbon neutral region by 2050.
Source: Figure 5 from page 21 of the report, Carbon Neutral 2050 – a Policy and Modelling Report (2021) |
Read the Carbon Neutral 2050 – a Policy and Modelling Report (2021)