British Columbia has achieved carbon neutrality across the provincial public sector for the sixth consecutive year, helping to lower greenhouse-gas emissions while generating jobs.
- Carbon-neutral government means public-sector organizations achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from their operations.
- In 2010, B.C. became the first carbon-neutral government in North America by passing legislation requiring all government operations be carbon neutral. This commitment covers the entire provincial public sector, including government ministries, Crown corporations, health authorities, school districts and post-secondary institutions.
- Additionally, government ministries and independent offices are carbon neutral in their business travel emissions.
- Other jurisdictions, including Yukon, Manitoba, Ontario and Washington State, are following B.C.'s carbon-neutral government lead – all of them are aiming to reduce their own GHG emissions to net-zero by 2020, except for Ontario, which is targeting 2018.
- In 2015, B.C.’s 127 public sector organizations generated approximately 44,000 tonnes fewer GHG emissions compared to the baseline year of 2010. This is like taking approximately 9,400 new cars off the road for a year.
- B.C.'s public sector invested $15.6 million in 624,585 tonnes of carbon offsets in 2015, encouraging innovative reduction projects across all sectors of the B.C. economy.
- Since the start of B.C.'s carbon-neutral commitment in 2008 to 2014, the provincial offset investment has contributed $372.5 million to the provincial GDP and supported the equivalent of 4,400 person years of employment.
- For every one-per-cent improvement in energy efficiency, B.C.'s public-sector organizations save about $4 million annually in fuel costs.
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