Community Energy and Emissions Inventory Initiative
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the amount of C02 emitted into the atmosphere globally must stay within the temperature rise limit of 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels in order to avoid runaway climate change. Based on this limit, BC has a legislated GHG reduction target of 80% below 2007 levels by 2050. Since approximately half of BC’s GHG emissions are under the direct or indirect control or influence of municipal governments, BC will depend on community-level action and innovation to meet its 2050 target.
The CEEI reports represent energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from communities which are organized around four primary sectors: buildings, on-road transportation (Lower Mainland), municipal solid waste, and land-use change from deforestation. These main categories are supplemented by seven supporting indicators tailored to accommodate the needs of community planners. CEEI reports also include additional information on two “memo items” at the regional district level, which include enteric fermentation from agricultural livestock and emissions from large industrial facilities.
The inventory is the first of its kind in North America, and it helps local governments meet the Climate Action Charter commitment to measure and report on community GHG emissions profiles.
Please take the time to review your community’s report and notify CAS staff with any feedback you have.
Community Energy and Emissions Inventory Reports are not local government operations or Carbon Neutral Reports (e.g. civic buildings and fleets). They can, however, help local governments to meet the Green Communities legislative requirement to establish greenhouse gas reduction targets, policies and actions in official community plans or regional growth strategies.
As with other inventories, the reports are living documents that will continue to improve. They are designed to create a solid foundation on which local governments will be able to build.
Future CEEI Reports are anticipated to be produced every two years with updates to the base year (2007) inventories.
BC Regional District Reporting Webinar
The BC Ministry of Environment hosted a webinar on September 7th, 2016 following the data call to regional districts for their 2015 municipal solid waste disposal and emissions information. This webinar provided:
an overview of the municipal solid waste disposal calculator
an overview of the newly added Community Energy and Emissions Inventory calculator