Climate Leadership Plan updated with Accelerated Targets

18 Aug 2020

Central Saanich's updated Climate Leadership Plan, which was just released, includes accelerated targets adopted by Council in late 2019. These updated targets are in alignment with the latest recommendation to limit global temperature increase to 1.5°C, set by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Central Saanich climate targets are to reduce community emissions by 45% by 2030 over 2007 levels and become a carbon neutral community by 2050. You can read about the actions the District is taking here.

The plan was originally published in 2018 and outlines paths for achieving the climate targets as well as a variety of actions the municipality can take to reduce the community's greenhouse gas emissions as well as those from the District's operations.

The action areas are:

  • Transportation and Land Use
  • Buildings
  • Solid Water
  • Municipal Operations
  • Adaptation to Climate Change

A total of 23 actions are included under these areas, and the climate action work of the municipality is not limited to these items.

Implementation will involve a commitment of resources to plan, develop and oversee actions while also staying abreast of leading practices, opportunities and funding. With renewed senior government focus on climate action, support may be available for partial funding of municipal staff positions that support implementation. The District continues to focus on applying for grants to support climate action related infrastructure and programs while also utilizing the District's Climate Leadership Reserve Fund to fund new projects.

The District annually reports to the Province on climate action activities undertaken in relation to community-scale and municipal operations through the CARIP report. The District will also publish the measurements identified in the updated Climate Leadership Plan with all available data in the District's Financial Plan, Annual Report, and Mid Year Report.

Wondering how you can help achieve our community goal?

Find out what you can do to reduce your GHGs by using the carbon calculator and checking out the transportation rebates, home rebates, and more ideas at centralsaanich.ca/whatyoucando.

Read the plan

The plan and resources are available to review here.

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