Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions


Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Greenhouse Gases (GHGs)

A greenhouse gas (GHG) is one of a number of gases that work to trap heat from the sun within the Earth’s atmosphere resulting in global warming, the most common of which is carbon dioxide (CO2).

The primary human activity that emits greenhouse gases is the burning of fossil fuels. Burying garbage in landfills also emits GHGs as the garbage decays.

Global warming is the challenge of our generation. How we respond will shape the future of not just our environment, but also our economy, our society, our communities, and our way of life.

Green House Gas effects - CO2 acts as a blanket, keeping the earth warm


The provincial government enacted the Local Government (Green Communities) Statutes Amendment Act in 2008. The intent of the Act is to reduce GHGs, conserve energy, and create more sustainable communities. The act requires local governments to include GHG emission reduction targets, policies and actions in their Official Community Plans (OCPs).

As part of the greenhouse gas reduction initiative to become carbon neutral, the provincial government also created the Climate Action Charter, to which municipalities can sign on to. The District of Mission became a signatory of the charter in September 2007, and has become even more proactive in working towards reducing GHGs since then.

Corporate versus Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Greenhouse gases are allocated between “community emissions” and “corporate emissions”. Corporate emissions are those produced by the municipality from delivering its services, such as operating municipal buildings and vehicles. The District has completed a Corporate Energy and Action Plan (CEAP) which provides an inventory of corporate GHG emissions and actions to reduce those emissions.

Community emissions are those produced by the community as a whole (homes, businesses, vehicles, solid waste). The Province has completed community greenhouse inventories (CEEI) for all communities in BC. In addition, the District has completed a forecast of community emissions and is currently completing a Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP), which will result in a series of recommendations that, when implemented, will assist the community in reaching its greenhouse gas targets.

Reduction targets for both community and corporate have been set in the District’s Official Community Plan.