Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Annual greenhouse gas emission releases in 2017 realized a statistical increase with 2017 levels at approximately 129,000 tonnes CO2e. The increase in GHG emissions levels for a fourth year suggests that the community is not currently on-track to meet its targeted performance emissions levels for the year 2020. Emissions continue to be mostly from transportation activities with 57% of all emissions resulting from passenger vehicles. On a positive note, the per capita emissions dropped to 3.6tCO2e/person, one of the lowest levels since monitoring began 2000.
Why Monitor This
Scientists agree that greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) are contributing to global climate change. This changing climate will impact Whistler's local economy, community life, visitor experience and the local natural environment. Climate change and GHG emissions are global and local issues that require solutions at all levels of government. Reducing Whistler's GHG emissions is critical to the long-term sustainability of our community.
What This Measures
Total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions results include the GHGs emitted from generating the electricity we use, the energy we use to generate heat, transportation energy for the larger fleets of vehicles in Whistler, intra-community transportation energy as well emissions resulting from Whistler's landfilled waste.