What cities produce the most emissions in Canada?

Where does your group want to scale back emissions the most? A brand new software helps greater than 4,000 cities and cities throughout Canada calculates emissions and their largest sources.

How does a metropolis deal with its greenhouse fuel emissions if it may’t afford to depend them?

It’s a query that has hamstrung cash-strapped communities throughout Canada.

Figuring out simply how a lot and from the place these emissions are coming often means hiring a advisor and might price as a lot as $40,000. 

“It’s been challenging because we have very little capacity in terms of staff and resources to get to the bottom of benchmarking greenhouse gas emissions and reducing them,” says Coun. Laura Dupont of Port Coquitlam, who additionally serves on Metro Vancouver’s local weather motion committee.

“We’re just starting to have the conversations now.” 

On Tuesday, that knowledge hole received a bit of smaller with the launch of a brand new free greenhouse fuel emissions software. The Municipal Energy and Emissions Database (MEED) provides near-instant entry to the air pollution profiles of over 4,000 Canadian cities and cities. 

With $80,000 in funding from Ottawa, the software is a creation of Sustainability Solutions Group (SSG) — a cooperative of consultants that helps cities plan their approach via the local weather disaster — and whatIf? Technologies. 

Together, they pulled public knowledge on inhabitants, forms of households, employment, climate and identified giant emitters. Next, they in contrast that knowledge with revealed federal vitality and emissions stories. Calculations had been refined till the gaps between the two knowledge units had been closed. 

“Canada’s communities are on the front lines of the climate emergency, and while many of them are now responding with effective policy, many more don’t know where to start,” says Yuill Herbert, co-founder and principal of SSG.

“MEED is their ticket to ride. It shows them how much climate pollution their community is producing, so they can move straight to the critical work of reducing it.”


Inside the utility, municipalities can discover numerous air pollution sources, and break down emissions into sectors or on a per-capita foundation. 

The database is at present pulling knowledge from 2018 and can be up to date as new emissions are reported and calculations are refined.

How do cities and cities rank? Here are a few of the takeaways from throughout Canada, B.C. and Metro Vancouver.

Why does the Canadian per-capita emissions rank so excessive in comparison with the per-capita emissions of many municipalities? While emissions from transportation, buildings and waste are sometimes concentrated in city areas, emissions from Canada’s oil and fuel sector are usually not. In 2019, emissions from the manufacturing and transportation of pure fuel and oil accounted for 26 per cent of complete nationwide emissions.

On Wednesday, a gaggle of local weather scientists, along with the UN Environment Programme, launched a report that discovered plans for oil and fuel manufacturing had been wildly out of step with efforts to curtail local weather change. The 2021 Production Gap report discovered governments round the world plan to produce 110 per cent extra fossil fuels in 2030 than can be according to limiting world warming to 1.5 C — the level the place scientists say warming will trigger catastrophic harm to the world local weather.

Towns and cities, for his or her half, emit twice that of oil and fuel, however are additionally poised to make some massive modifications. From putting in electrical car charging infrastructure to planting timber and passing bylaws to advertise electrical heating in buildings, the MEED database provides a primary step to prioritize the place cash is spent.

As Mike Savage, chair of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Big City Mayors’ Caucus, put it final week forward of the UN local weather change convention (COP26):

“Solutions to cut emissions already exist within our cities. Municipalities are where roughly half of Canada’s emissions are — we can’t reach our national emission reduction targets without substantially reducing emissions from buildings, transportation and waste.”

Stefan Labbé is a options journalist. That means he covers how persons are responding to issues linked to local weather change — from housing to vitality and every thing in between. Have a narrative concept? Get in contact. Email slabbe@glaciermedia.ca. 

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