With the recent 2017-18 Budget announcement, programs and services affected will be updated shortly. Posted March 22, 2017

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Climate Change Policy

Managing the impacts of climate change

Human activity and industry are contributing to concentration rise of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere and a warming trend in weather patterns and activity. Consequently, countries are developing strategies to reduce GHGs. Saskatchewan is already working on cutting its GHG emissions.

International Climate Change Initiatives

Saskatchewan joined other provinces and the Government of Canada at the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP 21) meeting in Paris in December 2015. 190 countries signed an international agreement to limit climate-related increases in temperature to under two degrees Celsius through continued GHG reduction.

Saskatchewan participated in a subsequent federal/provincial meeting on climate change in March. The Vancouver Declaration on Clean Growth and Climate Change was signed by Saskatchewan and other provinces on March 3, 2016. It commits to developing a pan-Canadian framework to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while supporting economic growth. Saskatchewan will help develop this framework to meet provincial and national climate change objectives and reduce emissions. 

Saskatchewan’s Climate Change Initiatives

The province is already cleaning up its coal generation, through world-leading  carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology at SaskPower’s Boundary Dam site in Estevan. Approximately 400,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) were captured in its first year of operation. 

As the province’s largest GHG emitter, SaskPower has also committed to increasing its renewable energy generation capacity from 25 per cent today to 50 per cent by 2030 though investments in wind, solar, hydro-electric and geothermal technologies.

SaskPower is expected to reduce GHG emissions by approximately 40 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, due to application of CCS technology and expansion of renewable energy sources.

Quick Facts

  • Our province’s GHG emissions were 74.8 million tonnes in 2013 according to Environment Canada.
  • Saskatchewan accounts for 10 per cent of the national GHG emissions, with 3 per cent of the country's population.
  • Other sectors such as agriculture and transportation each account for 18 per cent and 16 per cent respectively of provincial GHG emissions.
  • More information on Saskatchewan and Canada’s GHG emissions can be found in the National Inventory Report.

The oil and gas sector and electricity generation are the two largest sources of GHG emissions, accounting for 28 per cent and 22 percent of total provincial emissions, respectively.

GHG Emissions

Environment Canada National Inventory Report, 1990-2012

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