Big and Little Feet Provincial Profiles: British Columbia

The School Public Policy Publications, Volume 9:3, September 2017

11 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2017 Last revised: 10 Dec 2017

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Sarah Dobson

University of Calgary - The School of Public Policy

G. Kent Fellows

University of Calgary - The School of Public Policy

Date Written: September 28, 2017

Abstract

This communiqué provides a summary of the production- and consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions accounts for British Columbia, as well as their associated trade flows. It is part of a series of communiqués profiling the Canadian provinces and territories.

In simplest terms, a production-based emissions account measures the quantity of greenhouse gas emissions produced in British Columbia. In contrast, a consumption-based emissions account measures the quantity of greenhouse gas emissions generated during the production process for final goods and services that are consumed in British Columbia through household purchases, investment by firms and government spending. Trade flows refer to the movement of emissions that are produced in British Columbia but which support consumption in a different province, territory or country (and vice versa). For example, emissions at the Port of Vancouver that are associated with goods that are subsequently exported to Ontario for sale are recorded as a trade flow from British Columbia to Ontario. Moving in the opposite direction, emissions associated with the production of Alberta crude oil that is refined in British Columbia and sold as motor gasoline to a British Columbia consumer are recorded as a trade flow from Alberta to British Columbia.

For further details on these results in a national context, the methodology for generating them and their policy implications, please see the companion papers to this communiqué series: (1) Fellows and Dobson (2017); and (2) Dobson and Fellows (2017).

Suggested Citation

Dobson, Sarah and Fellows, G. Kent, Big and Little Feet Provincial Profiles: British Columbia (September 28, 2017). The School Public Policy Publications, Volume 9:3, September 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3081857

Sarah Dobson (Contact Author)

University of Calgary - The School of Public Policy ( email )

Calgary, Alberta
Canada

G. Kent Fellows

University of Calgary - The School of Public Policy ( email )

Calgary, Alberta
Canada

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