GHG emissions – Manitoba

In this section, you will see Manitoba’s GHG emissions from various key sectors.

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NOTE: All data in this section are in CO2 equivalent kilotonnes per year. (1 kilotonne = 1000 tonnes = 1 million kilograms)

In 2020

Figure 1: Manitoba’s GHG Emissions 2020 Piechart

In 2020, Manitoba’s GHG emissions came from these sectors and in these proportions: (NOTE: These numbers may not add up correctly due to rounding.)

  • 59% – Fossil fuel burning for the following purposes:
    • 37% – Transportation – moving people and goods
    • 19% – Stationary combustion – energy used for residential and commercial heating, in electricity generation, in the oil and gas industry, and in the manufacturing and construction industries
    • 3% – Fugitive sources – the release of GHGs from the production, processing, transmission, storage, and use of fossil fuels (e.g. flaring)
  • 29% – Agriculture – mostly methane (CH4) from livestock and nitrous oxide (N2O) from soils
  • 6% – Waste disposal – mostly methane (CH4) from landfills
  • 5% – Industrial processes

(For data in an Excel spreadsheet click here: EN_GHG_IPCC_MB.xlsx (423 KB)

(To download a printable PDF version click here: Manitoba_GHG_trend_data_1990-2020.pdf (101 KB)

Manitoba’s emissions from the energy (fossil fuel burning) category contributed about 60% of our GHG emissions. This is a much lower proportion than for Canada as a whole(1) The key reason for this is that Manitoba’s electricity is produced from hydro power. Consequently, we have a higher proportionate GHG contibution from agriculture than any other province.

1990 to 2020 trend and targets

Figure 2: Manitoba’s GHG Emission Trend 1990 – 2020

Overall, Manitoba’s GHG emissions in 2020 were 16.5% higher than in 1990.

Also, our emissions were 24% above the level we should have been at by 2012 to achieve our Kyoto Protocol target.

Note the emissions dropped from 2007 to 2011. This drop was likely due to trends in economic activity due to the 2008 recession.

Emissions in 2018 were at an all-time high.

The impacts of COVID 19 influenced the emissions drop in 2020, especially in transportation.

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