In early September, the District reached Milestone 4 in the community and corporate streams of the Partners for Climate Protection program--a network of Canadian municipal governments that have committed to reducing greenhouse gases (GHG) and to acting on climate change. The program provides municipalities with a five-milestone framework for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and is a partnership between the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and Local Governments for Sustainability.
“We are very pleased with the progress we are making,” said Mayor Ryan Windsor. “Providing regional climate leadership will continue to be a priority for Central Saanich and I am looking forward to working with our colleagues and neighbours to move forward on these ambitious targets together."
The District achieved Milestone 4 by setting emissions reduction targets and implementing a 2018 Climate Leadership Plan.
Through this plan, the District renewed its commitment to substantially reduce GHG emissions in community-scale and municipal operations by 2050. The plan also highlights the importance of preparing the District and community members for changes to climate. The following goals demonstrate a deep commitment to climate leadership in Central Saanich:
• Goal 1: 80% less community-scale GHG emissions by 2050, relative to 2007
• Goal 2: 100% renewable energy community-wide by 2050
• Goal 3: 90% less GHG emissions from municipal operations by 2050, relative to 2007.
The District's corporate operations have been carbon neutral since 2015.