Manitoba transportation GHGs

Figure 1: Manitoba GHG emissions – 1990-2016 – Transportation

In 2016, transportation accounted for the largest portion (about 40 percent) of Manitoba’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (1).

  • This includes the fuel used as we drive ourselves around and the fuel used to transport goods we buy.
  • It does not include most of our air travel. Only air travel within the province is included in the inventory.

The figures on this page show how Manitoba’s GHG emissions from transportation have changed from 1990 to 2016.

For a PDF file with the data, click here: Manitoba_GHG_trend_chart_1990-2016_transportation

Figure 1 shows that from 1990 to 2016, GHG emissions from road transportation increased by 69%. (1) During this time, two key shifts occurred:

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Cars to SUVs

Figure 2: Manitoba GHG emissions – 1990-2016 transportation – cars to SUVs

Figure 2: From 1990 to 2016 there has been a shift from cars to SUVs:

  • 25% decrease in gasoline car use (i.e. Light-Duty Gasoline Vehicles)
  • 137% increase in van, SUV, & half-ton use (i.e. Light-Duty Gasoline Trucks).

This means the emissions from van, SUV, & half-ton vehicles in 2016 were 2⅓ times what they were in 1990 while emissions from cars decreased slightly.


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Increase in semi-trailer trucks

Figure 3: Manitoba GHG emissions – 1990-2016 – trucks + trains

Figure 3: From 1990 to 2016 there has been a dramatic increase in the use of semi-trailer trucks (i.e. Heavy-Duty Diesel + Heavy-Duty Gasoline Vehicles) to transport goods.

There also appears to be a shift from railways to trucks, although rail transport emissions have also grown since 2002.*

From 1990 to 2016, there has been a 180% increase in heavy-duty (i.e. semi-trailer) trucks. In other words, we are using semi-trailer trucks over 2½ times as much as we were in 1990.

* NOTE: The 2010 and 2011 data for railway emissions have been excluded from the national inventory.

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