The District is pleased to share Central Saanich’s draft Climate Leadership Plan, a community-wide plan that sets targets and outlines key action areas we, as a community, can act on.
The plan incorporates current emissions data, climate projections, global, national and provincial actions, and input obtained from District staff, Council and the public during consultations.
We would like to thank the community for its involvement as we sought ideas for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The ideas received so far are included in the draft plan, and the public is welcome to continue to offer feedback and ideas at connectcentralsaanich.ca/climateleadership. The draft plan will be presented to Committee of the Whole on Monday, June 11, 2018.
The draft plan renews Central Saanich’s commitment to substantially reduce GHG emissions in community-scale and municipal operations with three ambitious targets.
- 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.
This draft plan outlines action in five areas within the realm of responsibility and influence of the District:
- Solid Waste
- Municipal Operations
- Adaptation to Climate Change
In addition, the draft plan highlights the importance of preparing the District and community members for changes to our climate; this includes preparing our infrastructure, social and economic systems and natural systems to handle these changes.
To meet the goals, the District will require the support from senior governments, community members, industry and other partners.
Updating the 2008 Energy Plan to the 2018 Climate Leadership Plan
The District of Central Saanich has been taking steps to reduce climate impacts over the last decade, starting in 2008 with adopting the Central Saanich Energy Plan–An Action Plan to Reduce Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Our Community. The 2008 plan provided a baseline of energy use and resulting emissions in our community, set reduction targets, and identified 27 actions to support the targets. Ten years later, the District has reflected on the progress made to date and refreshed the plan to guide climate action planning, programs and activities in the community for the next 10 years.