Big and Little Feet Provincial Profiles: Saskatchewan
The School of Public Policy Publications, Volume 9:5, September 2017
11 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2017 Last revised: 18 Jan 2018
Date Written: September 28, 2017
This communiqué provides a summary of the production- and consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions accounts for Saskatchewan, 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 Saskatchewan. 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 Saskatchewan through household purchases, investment by firms and government spending. Trade flows refer to the movement of emissions that are produced in Saskatchewan but which support consumption in a different province, territory or country (and vice versa). For example, emissions associated with the production of Saskatchewan crops that are exported to Alberta for processing and sale in an Alberta grocery store are recorded as a trade flow from Saskatchewan to Alberta. Moving in the opposite direction, emissions associated with the production of Alberta natural gas that is sold to a Saskatchewan utility and used to heat Saskatchewan homes are recorded as a trade flow from Alberta to Saskatchewan. 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).
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