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 2018

Figure 1: Manitoba’s 2018 GHG Emissions Piechart

In 2018, Manitoba’s GHG emissions came from these sectors and in these proportions: (NOTE: These numbers may not add up correctly due to rounding.)

  • 62% – Fossil fuel burning for the following purposes:
    • 43% – Transportation – moving people and goods
    • 17% – 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)
  • 31% – Agriculture – mostly methane (CH4) from livestock and nitrous oxide (N2O) from soils
  • 3% – Waste disposal – mostly methane (CH4) from landfills
  • 5% – Industrial processes

(For data in an Excel spreadsheet click here: EN_GHG_Econ_Prov_Terr.xlsx – 3.1 MB)

(To download a printable PDF version click here: Manitoba_GHG_trend_data_1990-2018.pdf – 100 KB)

Manitoba’s emissions from the energy (fossil fuel burning) category contributed about 62% of our GHG emissions in 2018. 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 2018 trend and targets

Figure 2: Manitoba’s GHG Emission Trend 1990 – 2018

Overall, Manitoba’s GHG emissions in 2018 were 19% higher than in 1990.

Also in 2018, our emissions were 27% 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.

However, emissions in 2018 were at an all-time high.

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