Manitoba transportation GHGs

Figure 1: Manitoba GHG emissions – 1990-2015 – Transportation

In 2015, transportation accounted for the largest portion (about 39 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 2015.

For a PDF file with the data, click here: Manitoba_GHG_trend_chart_1990-2015_transportation

Figure 1: From 1990 to 2015 there was a GHG emissions from road transportation nearly doubled. (1) (Note the drop from 1990 to 1991. Road transportation emissions rose by 163% from 1991 to 2015.)

During this time, two key shifts occurred:

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Cars to SUVs

Figure 2: Manitoba GHG emissions – 1990-2015 transportation – cars to SUVs

Figure 2: From 1990 to 2015 there has been a shift from cars to SUVs:

  • almost no change in gasoline car use (i.e. Light-Duty Gasoline Vehicles)
  • 183% increase in van, SUV, & half-ton use (i.e. Light-Duty Gasoline Trucks).

This means the emissions from van, SUV, & half-ton vehicles in 2015 was almost three times what they were in 1990 while emissions from cars remained about the same. (Note the drop from 1990 to 1991. Car emissions rose by 27% from 1991 to 2015.)

We’ve included semi-trailer trucks in this chart (Heavy-Duty Diesel + Heavy-Duty Gasoline Trucks) to give a sense of overall changes in road use over this time.

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Increase in semi-trailer trucks

Figure 3: Manitoba GHG emissions – 1990-2015 – trucks + trains

Figure 3: From 1990 to 2015 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 2015, there has been a 199% increase in heavy-duty (i.e. semi-trailer) trucks. In other words, we are using semi-trailer trucks almost three times as much as we were in 1990.

* NOTE: The 2011 and 2012 dataset for railway emissions have been excluded from national data.

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