The Canadian Energy Centre (CEC) has released its latest Research Brief: “Canada’s GHG Emissions Intensity Record Since 2000: An Updated 2021 Analysis.”
This Research Brief (available here) takes an updated look at Canada’s record in reducing greenhouse gas emissions per person, per unit of GDP, per unit of energy used, and per barrel of crude oil produced, all of which have declined noticeably over the past two decades.
Canada, which represents only about 1.6% of worldwide GHG emissions, has seen its emissions per unit of GDP decrease by 30% since 2000, while its emissions intensity per person has fallen by 19% over the same period.
The analysis also examines how emerging technologies and efficiencies are creating the opportunity to further reduce Canada’s emissions intensity significantly for years to come.
Highlights from the Research Brief include:
– While Canada represents just 1.6% of global GHG emissions, its oil and gas sector accounts for only 0.4% of worldwide emissions, with the oil sands sub-sector accounting for a mere 0.2%;
– According to Climate Watch, which measures GHG emissions from 186 countries, Canada’s emissions intensity, between 2000 and 2018, fell from 996.4 tonnes of CO2e per million dollars of GDP to 444.8 tonnes, a decline of over 55%;
– As of 2018, Canada’s GHG emissions intensity of 444.8 tonnes of CO2e per million dollars of GDP is lower than many other energy-producing and energy-consuming countries, including China, India, Brazil, Oman, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and the United Arab Emirates;
– In 2018, the emissions intensity of the mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction sector in Canada was 62.4 tonnes of CO2e per terajoule (TJ) of energy used in extraction, comparing favourably with the construction sector (66.1), the iron and steel sector (68.4), the forestry sector (70.3), and the cement sector (71.2);
– Between 2011 and 2018, oil sands emissions intensity fell from 0.533 tonnes of CO2e per barrel to 0.417 tonnes of CO2e per barrel, a decline of nearly 22%.
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