In 2011 the City completed an update of the corporate component of the 2005 Local Action Plan. The updated Corporate Climate Action Plan was built on the City's significant climate action efforts and set a new ambitious, yet achievable, greenhouse gas reduction target of 25% below 2007 levels by 2020, with interim targets of 5% reduction by 2013 and 15% reduction by 2016.
The plan identifies opportunities for energy and emissions reductions and recommends specific policies and actions in the buildings, infrastructure, fleet, and solid waste sectors. The plan also identifies ways to enhance staff engagement and provides further opportunities for the City to demonstrate corporate leadership in climate action.
The heating and cooling of buildings accounts for approximately 60% of the City's overall corporate emissions. The City has conducted comprehensive assessments of 13 of the largest civic buildings (which account for nearly 90% of building energy consumption), and identified cost effective opportunities to reduce energy and emissions in these buildings. The City's Facilities group has implemented energy upgrades in core City facilities, including higher efficiency lighting retrofits and adding occupancy sensors to all meeting rooms, washrooms and offices. The North Vancouver Recreation Commission is also implementing upgrades and is working to reduce energy use in all of its facilities.
The City's vehicle fleet comprises approximately 30% of corporate emissions. The City is a member of the E3 Fleet Program offered by the Fraser Basin Council and has conducted a review of its fleet to identify opportunities to reduce fuel and emissions, as well as operating and capital costs. The City's Parks and Public Works groups are committed to improving fleet efficiency and reducing emissions through changes to operational practices, trip management and reduction, alternative fuel use and purchasing more fuel efficient vehicles.
The disposal of solid waste accounts for the remaining 10% of corporate emissions. The City is taking action to reduce the amount of waste being sent to the landfill by increasing recycling opportunities in its civic facilities, in parks and on the street, and by focusing on waste reduction and diversion of recyclable and compostable materials. The City supports Metro Vancouver's regional target to divert 70% of waste from the landfill by 2015 and 80% by 2020.