Climate Action

Sustainability and climate protection have long been a part of the City's core values, policies and programs. To build a community that is resilient to future challenges, we recognize the need to lead by example.

Living City Climate Action Starts Here Summary Report

Corporate (City Operations) Climate Action Targets

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15% below 2007 levels by 2020

Numerous actions have been taken to conserve energy and achieve emissions reductions in building and fleet operations and through waste reduction and diversion. The City’s Corporate Greenhouse Gas reductions have decreased by 19% below 2007 levels.  Reductions have been achieved primarily through implementing the following measures:

  • reductions to building natural gas consumption through discontinuing the use of older inefficient gas boilers and connecting more civic buildings to the Lonsdale Energy Corporation.
  • implementation of the Corporate Zero Waste Program in Civic buildings and facilities; and
  • incorporating electric and more efficient vehicles into the City’s fleet.

It should be noted that 2014 and 2015 were warmer years and did not require the level of winter or storm maintenance that is necessary in other years. Year to year fluctuations do occur depending on heating and snow clearing demand. Despite being slightly higher in 2016, corporate emissions are trending downwards over time since 2007.  These reductions represent a significant achievement for the City.

A number of actions are planned to ensure the City remains on track towards meeting our 2020 target of a 25% reduction in emissions below 2007 levels.  The City’s Corporate Climate Action Plan provides the overall strategy for moving forward and achieving these targets by 2020.

Community-wide Climate Action Targets

  • Reduce emissions by 25% below 2007 levels by 2020 and 50% by 2050

  • 100 Year Sustainability Vision is to achieve net zero emissions by 2107

Our community already has relatively low emissions at approximately 4 tonnes per capita. We are leading the way in developing sustainable transportation alternatives and building energy efficiency initiatives, and in encouraging waste diversion and local food production. To meet our ambitious climate action targets, we recognize that continued efforts are required in our community. Community-wide greenhouse gas reduction targets have been incorporated into the City's Official Community Plan, and the City's Community Energy and Emissions Plan provides a strategy towards achieving these targets.

A comprehensive list of the City's corporate and community-wide actions taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the impacts of climate change can be found here. As a signatory of the Climate Action Charter, the City also reports publicly on its climate action progress annually. Through ongoing initiatives, the City will continue to lead by example to achieve its climate action goals.

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