Climate Change

Territorial targets

Territorial targets

In 2011, the GNWT set a greenhouse gas emissions target for the entire Northwest Territories as part of the Greenhouse Gas Strategy for the Northwest Territories (2011-2015). This target was developed following consultation with NWT residents and an emission reductions potentials document, which outlines the activities in the NWT that will result in changes to NWT emissions. The NWT’s 2030 target was developed based on the feedback received during consultation and analysis of this document. This target is to limit emissions increases to 2,500Kt by 2020, before stabilizing emissions at 2005 levels by 2030, despite increased population and industry in the NWT. Details on this target are found below:

Stabilizing emissions at 2005 levels (1,500 Kt) by 2015

By 2015, implementation of the Strategy will result in action being taken in every sector to improve efficiency and develop renewable energy alternatives. It is expected this combined action will result in emissions reductions at least equal to emissions increases from new development activities. The 2015 target is 34.4 percent lower than expected emissions if no action was taken.

Limit emissions increases to 66 percent above 2005 levels (2,500 Kt) by 2020

By 2020, emissions are expected to peak as new mines and developments are operating. If action is taken in every sector, renewable energy can help slow this growth. The 2020 target is 19 percent lower than expected emissions if no action is taken.

Return emissions to 2005 levels (1,500 Kt) by 2030

By 2030, enough hydro, biomass, wind, solar and geothermal energy infrastructure is expected to be built in the NWT to significantly reduce the use of diesel in a fast growing economy. National and international approaches to address climate change will evolve and more sustainable transportation systems will be possible. The 2030 target is 70 percent lower than expected emissions if no action is taken.