Air

Goal: To improve air quality and reduce emissions.
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Human activities such as transportation, electricity generation and emissions from industrial processes can contribute to reduced air quality. Air pollution can have significant negative impacts on human health. Vegetation, fish and wildlife can all be impacted. Related to air quality is greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, gases that absorb radiation from the sun and trap heat in the atmosphere. Reducing emissions will protect local air quality and mitigate climate change.

Air quality

Measuring ambient concentrations of airborne pollutants as defined by the Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards (CAAQS) and Alberta Environment and Parks. 

Red Exceeded national standards
Orange Action needed to prevent exceeding national standards
Yellow Action to prevent air quality deterioration
Green Action to keep clean areas clean
2020 Results
 Baseline (2009)2020 ResultTarget (2035): not to exceed
Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Yellow no report Yellow
Ozone (O3) Yellow no report Yellow
Sulphur dioxide (SO2) Green Green  Yellow
Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) Green Orange  Yellow
Historical results
 PM2.5O3SO2NO2
2020 no report no report Green Orange
2019 no report no report Green  Orange
2018 Orange Yellow Green  Orange 
2017 Orange Yellow Green  Orange 
2016 Yellow Yellow Green  Orange 
2015 Orange Yellow Green  Orange 
2014 Orange Yellow Green  Orange 
2013 Red  Yellow Green  Orange 
2012 Red  Yellow  Green  Orange 
2011 Red  Yellow  Green  Orange 
2010 Orange Yellow  Green  Orange 
2009 Yellow Orange Green Orange
Greenhouse gas emissions

Measuring greenhouse gas emissions for The City of Red Deer as an organization and for Red Deer as a whole. Measured in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e).

2020 Results
 Baseline (2010)2020 ResultTarget (2035)
City operations (tCO2e) 151,347 129,947 reduce to 75,674
Community (tCO2e) 1,674,171 1,371,181 not to exceed 1,841,588
Historical results
 City operations (tCO2e)Community (tCO2e)
2020 129,947 1,371,181  
2019 139,656 1,539,141
2018 140,966 1,609,832
2017 140,067 1,661,623
2016 141,931 1,614,797
2015 146,079 1,658,772
2014 155,985 1,610,378
2013 149,241 1,561,168
2012 150,706 1,602,665
2011 145,830 1,642,696
2010 151,347 1,674,171