ENVIRONMENT YUKON






Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Yukon

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

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:

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's GHG emissions


Yukon’s GHG emissions have reduced 0.7% between 2009 and 2015. From a peak of 681 ktCO2e in 2011, emissions declined by 16% by 2015.

Graph of Yukon emissions 2009 - 2015

Of total emissions in 2015:


Transportation emissions have increased by 12% since 2009. The two biggest sources of transportation emissions are:

The use of off-road diesel (typically used for industry) has decreased by 47% since 2012.

Yukon accounts for 0.8% of Canada’s overall greenhouse gas emissions. Yukon per capita emissions in 2015 were 15.3 tonnes per person. Compared to the per capita emissions of the 12 other provinces and territories as reported in the National Inventory Report, Yukon's per capita emissions rank ninth out of 13.

  Annual emissions in ktCO2e
Fuel type group
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
Aviation Gas / Jet Fuel
33.9
43.5
56.5
44.5
39.1
42.8
49.4
Heating Diesel/Propane
128.0
118.6
137.2
136.8
126.1
123.5
103.8
LNG/Diesel for Electrical Generation
17.0
18.6
137.2
136.8
126.1
123.5
103.8
Off-road/Exempt Diesel
82.5
82.9
108.0
116.6
111.2
94.7
62.3
Off-road/Exempt Gasoline
5.6
3.0
1.7
1.4
1.0
0.9
0.9
On-road Diesel
133.5
145.9
164.5
164.1
147.9
147.6
155.5
On-road Gasoline
146.1
151.8
150.0
146.8
145.5
143.4
152.4
All Other
29.8
32.2
35.7
36.6
27.0
28.0
29.0
TOTAL
576.4
596.5
681.4
665.2
615.1
597.9
572.1

 

Data based on Yukon fuel tax data collected under the Fuel Oil Tax Act.
Yukon’s emissions data will be updated annually.

Government of Yukon greenhouse gas emissions

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.

 

Government of Yukon Total Verified GHG Emissions

  2010 2011 2012
Kilotonnes CO2e emissions N/A 42.3 40.7

 

 

Emissions reports for 2011 - 2012 for the Government of Yukon'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 Government of Yukon indexed the 2013 data using the 2010 inventory in order to provide a comparable preliminary number in the 2015 Climate Change Action Plan Progress Report. 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.

 

Actions to reduce emissions

We’ve taken actions to reduce GHG emissions in Yukon. These include:

See the Yukon government’s 2015 Climate Change Action Plan Progress Report for more details.

Additional resources

 

Contact the Climate Change Secretariat

Phone: 867-456-5544
Toll-free (in Yukon, NWT & Nunavut):
1-800-661-0408 ext. 5544
Fax: 867-456-5543

Email: climatechange@gov.yk.ca
Address: Box 2703 (V-205) Whitehorse, Yukon Canada Y1A 2C6