A carbon budget for Edmonton was developed using a similar approach to that used for the C40 Cities
To meet the City’s ambitious climate targets, a carbon budget was developed to provide staff with the ability to:
● Estimate GHG emissions or reductions that will result from proposed projects, programs, initiatives or operating processes;
● Do so using consistent formulas, factors and assumptions that are aligned with international best practices; and
● Incorporate these estimates into initial proposals and ongoing status reporting, and project completion reports for projects in the city.
Edmonton’s total community GHG emissions have ranged from approximately 18 to 20 Mtonnes per year, with the current trend being just slightly down. If the trajectory is projected out, the city will still be emitting more than 18 Mtonnes per year in 2050. If Edmonton continues on this trajectory, the city will exhaust its carbon budget of 155 Mtonnes in 2028