British Columbia has recently released the draft of the Province-wide community level Energy and Emissions Inventory. This is the first example of a large scale community-wide inventory in North America. This supports the commitment of communities under the Climate Action Charter to Measure and Report Community Green House Gas Emissions, and to develop targets, policies and actions in municipal Official Community Plans.

The 2007 CEEI Reports represent high level estimated community energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from on-road transportation, buildings, solid waste and land-use change (deforestation at regional district scale only). Additional sectors and detail will be explored in subsequent years.

Creating an inventory of energy and emissions is a first step in understanding the direction that individual communities need to take in reducing their carbon footprint and energy requirements, also the data is continually being improved. Note that this first cut does not include firewood and some of the types of buildings are not totally broken down. Also it is important that this only accounts for carbon produced in the energy sector, not through industrial processes such as concrete plants.

To see the inventory for your community, follow this link – Community Energy and Emissions Inventory Reports. Each report is a 3-4 page summary for the community. Here are some graphs from the reports for Rossland and Castlegar.

Rossland Emissions by Sector
Rossland Emissions by Sector
Castlegar Emissions by Sector
Castlegar Emissions by Sector

Community Energy and Emissions Inventory Initiative | BC Climate Action Toolkit

About CEEI Reports

  • The Community Energy and Emissions Inventory (CEEI) reports are the first of their kind in North America and they meet the local government Climate Action Charter commitment to measure and report on their community’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions profile.
  • The reports are not local government operations or Carbon Neutral Reports (e.g. civic buildings and fleets) (see They can, however, help local governments to meet the Green Communities legislative requirement to establish greenhouse gas targets, policies and actions in official community plans or regional growth strategies.
  • In subsequent years, CEEI reports will include secondary indicators to expand the inventory story and to support the government’s emerging Green Communities Incentive Program.
  • Like all inventory systems, the B.C. government’s CEEI reports are live documents that will continue to improve. They are designed to create a solid foundation on which local governments will be able to build.

Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.

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