Future Energy Oakville

Oakville’s Energy Emissions are on the Rise

To meet Oakville’s target for emissions reductions, we should be declining in emissions by at least 3% per year.

As environmental concerns continue to escalate globally, understanding the localized impact of greenhouse gas emissions becomes increasingly vital. While the Atmospheric Fund’s recent carbon emissions inventory report for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) (https://carbon.taf.ca/) offers valuable insights into the region’s emissions, it lacked specific details for Oakville. Overall data within the report shows that emissions are on the rise in all regions of the GTHA.

Part of our mandate at Future Energy Oakville is to educate members of the community, so that we are able to work together on a vision of a sustainable, energy-efficient and environmentally-focused future. Recognizing the importance of filling the report’s gap in information specific to our community, we were able to access available local data, and analyze Oakville’s emissions data to paint a clearer picture of the town’s contribution to the broader regional trend. Understanding these local nuances is pivotal in crafting targeted strategies to mitigate climate change impacts.

By aligning Oakville’s emissions trajectory against that of the GTHA average, we are able to see the town’s unique environmental footprint. The two paths in the illustration show the percentage change of energy emissions during a period of 2018-2022. While noting the steep decline in emissions during the COVID-19 pandemic; what is concerning is the steep upward trend post pandemic.

Oakville registered a 12% increase in 2022. Some of this steep trend could be explained by faster population growth versus other areas of the region. Oakville’s population growth over the same time period factored at approximately 10% while the GTHA was 5%. 

In order to meet Oakville’s Community Energy Strategy target for emissions reductions, we should be declining in emissions by at least 3% per year on average.

In terms of measuring by sector, two areas clearly lead emissions: transportation and buildings. With the advancements in technology and cost reductions in areas such as alternatives to fossil fuels and traditional home heating systems, consumers have access to more choices – and a better investment for the future.

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