An energy and emissions inventory was created for the community of Delta. The inventory summarizes all of the energy used and emissions produced within Delta. The 2007 inventory shows that residents and businesses consumed almost 14 million Gigajoules of energy, mostly in the form of natural gas, electricity, gasoline and diesel fuel. This led to a total of 680,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, or about seven tonnes per person.
The 2007 GHG emissions inventory breaks down as follows:
Almost 60% of our GHG emissions come from using fossil fuels in our vehicles. We use a combination of gasoline, diesel and propane to get ourselves around every day, and to move people and goods for our businesses. This inventory includes only vehicles registered in Delta.
Almost 40% of our GHG emissions come from heating, cooling and powering our buildings. The majority of these GHG emissions come from burning natural gas (almost 90%), and the remaining come from electricity use.
A portion of our GHG emissions come from our waste that goes to landfills where it decomposes and releases methane gas, a potent GHG. This inventory only includes GHG emissions from the solid waste generated by residents and businesses located in Delta.