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:
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).
Increase in semi-trailer trucks
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.