Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Economic Sector

A breakdown of Canada’s emissions by economic sector shows the sources of Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2012. The emissions can be attributed to seven key areas of the economy: Oil and gas (25% of total emissions); Transportation (24%); Electricity (12%); Buildings (11%); Emissions-intensive and trade-exposed industries (11%); Agriculture (10%); and Waste and others (7%).

Distribution of greenhouse gas emissions by economic sector, Canada, 2012

Distribution of greenhouse gas emissions by economic sector, Canada, 2012

Long Description

The pie chart provides a breakdown of Canada’s 2012 greenhouse gas emissions by economic sector (percent share and absolute emissions in megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent), with the large majority of emissions attributed to seven key areas of the economy: Oil and Gas, representing 25% of total emissions; Transportation, 24%; Electricity, 12%; Buildings, 11%; Emissions-Intensive and Trade-Exposed Industries, 11%; Agriculture, 10%; and Waste and others, 7%.

View data for this chart
How this indicator was calculated

Note: The "Waste and others" sector includes emissions from light manufacturing, construction, forest resources, waste, and coal production. The "Emissions-intensive and trade-exposed industries" sector includes emissions from: mining, smelting and refining, pulp and paper, iron and steel, cement, lime and gypsum, and chemicals and fertilizers.
Source: Environment Canada (2014) National Inventory Report 1990–2012: Greenhouse Gas Sources and Sinks in Canada.

Related indicators

Other information