Canadian Greenhouse Gas Emissions Attributable to Households, 2018

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Release date: March 28, 2022
Infographic: Canadian Greenhouse Gas Emissions Attributable to Households, 2018
Description: Canadian Greenhouse Gas Emissions Attributable to Households, 2018

Data for Canadian greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to household consumption and use of select goods and services along with the associated emissions intensity figures and breakdowns by final demand categories.Note 1

GHG Emissions by Final Demand

About 40.9% of Canadian emissions were the result of Canadian household consumption and use of goods and services in 2018. These values include the GHGs created by the Canadian economy during the production and transportation of the goods and services, as well as emissions from the use of fuels by households.Note 2

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Table summary
This table displays the results of Emissions by final demand. The information is grouped by Households (appearing as row headers), (appearing as column headers).
Emissions by final demand Percent share
Households 40.9%
Non-profit institutions serving households 0.7%
Government 4.8%
Fixed capital formation 9.7%
Exports 44.0%

GHG Emissions Attributable to HouseholdsNote 3

Direct and indirect emissionsNote 4 resulting from the production and use of goods and services consumed by households was 315 megatonnes. Emissions attributable to household demand and use are shown below for select categories of goods and services in kilotonnes of CO2 equivalent.

  • Motor fuels and lubricants- 101,366
  • Natural gas, heating, & other stationary emissions- 59,912
  • Food and non-alcoholic beverages- 39,343
  • Electricity- 24,666
  • Restaurants and accommodation services- 13,303
  • Purchased Air Transportation- 9,877
  • Other- 66,703

GHG Emissions Intensity by Categories of Goods & Services

The intensity of emissions is the number of kilograms of CO2 emitted per dollar spent on each category of goods & services.

  • Natural gas, heating, and other stationary emissions- 8.61
  • Motor fuels and lubricants- 2.18
  • Electricity- 1.29
  • Purchased Air Transportation- 0.92
  • Food and non-alcoholic beverages- 0.35
  • Restaurants and accommodation services- 0.18

These GHG emission estimates are based on the United Nations System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA) guidelines and are closely linked to economic statistics. They differ from the GHG emission estimates released by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), which is responsible for producing the National Inventory Report on Greenhouse Gas Sources and Sinks in Canada. ECCC's inventory is the official benchmark for GHG emissions in Canada and is based on the guidelines from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. For more information on the methodological differences, see Complementary approaches to reporting Canada's greenhouse gas emissions available on

Source: Statistics Canada, Environment and Energy Statistics Division, 2022, special tabulation from the Physical Flow Accounts and Table 38-10-0010-01, Physical flows by final demand category, (accessed March 28, 2022) and 38-10-0097-01, Physical flow account for greenhouse gas emissions, (accessed March 28, 2022).
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