GHG emissions – Manitoba

Exhaust pipeIn this section, you will see Manitoba’s GHG emissions from 1990 to 2016 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 2016

Figure 1: Manitoba GHG 2016 emissions piechart

In 2016, Manitoba’s GHG emissions came from these sectors and in these proportions: (NOTE: These numbers may not add up correctly due to rounding.)

  • 60% – Fossil fuel burning for the following purposes:
    • 39% – Transportation – moving people and goods
    • 20% – 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
    • 2% – Fugitive sources – the release of GHGs from the production, processing, transmission, storage, and use of fossil fuels (e.g. flaring)
  • 32% – Agriculture – mostly methane (CH4) from livestock and nitrous oxide (N2O) from soils
  • 4% – Waste disposal – mostly methane (CH4) from landfills
  • 4% – Industrial processes

(For data in an Excel spreadsheet click here: MB_1990-2016  – 346 KB)

(For a printable PDF version click here: Manitoba_GHG_trend_1990-2016 96 KB)

Manitoban’s emissions from the energy (fossil fuel burning) category contributed about 60% of our GHG emissions in 2016. 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 2016 trend and targets

Figure 2: Manitoba GHG emissions trend – 1990-2016

Overall, Manitoba’s GHG emissions in 2016 were 14% higher than in 1990.

Also in 2016, our emissions were 17.2% above the level we should have been at by 2012 to achieve our Kyoto Protocol target.

Note the emissions dropped from 2007 to 2011. It is not clear how much of this drop was due to policy and how much is due to trends in economic activity.

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