Camping & RVs
Wilderness Travel & Land Use
- Into the Yukon Wilderness
- Leave No Trace
- Wilderness Tourism Operators
- Park Permits
- Dempster Hwy Development Permit
Conservation Area Planning
Hunting in Yukon
Fishing in Yukon
Trapping in Yukon
- Trapping Regulations
- Humane Trapping Standards
- Proposed Developments Within
- Yukon Trapper Profiles
Hunter & Trapper Education & Resources
- Wildlife Viewing Program
- Wildlife Viewing Strategy
- Wildlife Viewing Events
- Viewing Tips & Etiquette
- Best Viewing Sites
- Through the Seasons
- Bird Watching
- Swan Haven
- Celebration of Swans
- Southern Lakes Bear Study
- Winter Ticks
- Wildlife Diseases & Contaminants
- Wildlife Management Modelling
Animal Health and Protection
Fish & Wildlife Planning
- Climate Change and Yukon
- Climate Change Action Plan
- Impacts of Climate Change
- Climate Change Adaptation
- Reducing GHG Emissions
- Climate Change & Youth
- Yukon Government Initiatives
Air & Water
Waste & Chemicals
Clean Northern Living
- Household Hazardous Waste
- Spill Reporting
- Help Stop Invasive Species
- Turn in Poachers & Polluters (TIPP)
- Warming Up Your Vehicle
- ATV Use in Yukon
- Wood Burning Tips
- Human-Wildlife Conflict
- Orphaned or Injured Wildlife
- Homeowners & Urban Wildlife
- Bear Safety
- Cougar Safety
Environment Yukon eServices
- Canada's Parks Day
- Volunteer Opportunities in Yukon Parks
- How You Can Help Wildlife Studies
- Environmental Awareness Fund
- Joining Boards, Councils & Committees
- Pesticide Application Permit
- Spay-Neuter Program Evaluation
- Permitting System
- Developing Animal Health Act Regulations
- EnviroWild Resources for Educators
- Resource Guides
- Backyard Biodiversity
- BIGFOOT/littlefoot Game
- Environment Education Links
About the Department
Maps & GIS Data
One of the Yukon government’s four climate change goals is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Efforts to reduce GHG emissions are also known as "mitigation."
- About GHG emissions
- Yukon's GHG emissions
- Government of Yukon GHG emissions
- Actions to reduce emissions
- Additional resources
- Contact us
Greenhouse gas emissions are just one of the pollutants driving climate change. The most well-known GHG, carbon dioxide (CO2) accounts for the majority of the human caused emissions. Because CO2 lasts for decades to centuries in the earth’s atmosphere, lowering CO2 emissions now will help to reduce long-term negative impacts.
Emissions of short lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) also contribute to climate change. These are methane, black carbon, hydrofluorocarbon and tropospheric ozone. They stay in the atmosphere for only a few days to a few decades, but are much more potent than CO2. For example, methane is 25 times more harmful than CO2 over a 100 year lifespan, or 56 times more potent over 20 years.
Yukon accounts for less than one per cent of Canada’s overall GHG emissions. Although the volume is small, the government recognizes the importance of managing GHG emissions and has set targets for each major sector of Yukon’s economy. For updates on progress towards all targets, see the 2015 Climate Change Action Plan Progress Report.
Since 2009, the Government of Yukon has been focused on reducing emissions from our internal operations, which account for about six per cent of total GHG emissions in Yukon.
- 28 per cent of the Yukon government’s total GHG emissions come from transportation activity.
- 65 per cent come from heating government buildings.
Government of Yukon Total Verified GHG Emissions
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Emissions reports for 2011 - 2012 for the Yukon government's internal operations are available at The Climate Registry.
As the Government of Yukon worked to complete the 2013 summary of the GHG emissions from its internal operations, it was determined that the government’s reporting methodology had improved significantly and the data sets were no longer comparable to the 2010 baseline year.
The Yukon government indexed the 2013 data using the 2010 inventory in order to provide a comparable preliminary number in the 2015 Climate Change Action Plan. The indexing exercise means that the 2010 methodology was applied to the 2013 data in order to provide a comparable preliminary number. This preliminary assessment showed that emissions from internal government operations have increased by 0.7% or 0.3 kilotonnes compared to 2010. (This data is subject to revision.)
Work is still underway to update the Yukon government’s 2010 baseline data for its internal operations to enable accurate year-to-year reporting. Data accuracy is an essential part of tracking and managing greenhouse gas emissions and the government remains committed to ensuring that this is done properly. Work to improve our inventory and process allows this government to remain transparent and accountable for emissions activity and targets.
We’ve taken actions to reduce GHG emissions in Yukon. These include:
- Building several very high energy efficiency facilities: Tombstone Interpretive Centre, Whitehorse Correctional Centre, Emergency Response Centre, and the new FH Collins High School.
- Implementing the Residential Energy Incentives Program and the
Commercial Energy Incentive Program to help home and building owners improve energy performance and reduce energy consumption, costs and emissions.
- Improving hydro capacity through the Mayo B hydro facility and the addition of a third turbine at the Aishihik hydro facility.
- Providing funding for wind turbines in Yukon communities.
- Implementing the Independent Power Production Policy to enable independent, non-utility electricity producers to sell electricity to Yukon’s public utilities through renewable energy technologies.
- Implementing the Microgeneration Policy to enable individuals and businesses to install electrical generating systems and sell surplus to the grid.
- Implementing the Good Energy Rebate Program.
- Developing community energy plans.
See the Yukon government’s 2015 Climate Change Action Plan Progress Report for more details.
- Yukon Government Climate Change Action Plan (includes 2012, 2015 progress reports)
- Yukon Greenhouse Gas Emissions: The Transportation Sector, Updated Report 287KB
- Greenhouse Gas Target Summary Sheet 210 KB
- Climate Registry
- Linking Mitigation and Adaptation Goals in the Energy Sector: A Case Study Synthesis Report 2.65 MB (Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources)