Why is the City of Kamloops taking action on climate change?

    In Kamloops, the likelihood of extreme weather events, such as large scale wildfires and floods, occurring is becoming more common under a changing climate, and this is projected to increase as atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHG) continue to rise. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s 2018 report emphasizes the need for society to transition off of fossil fuels and achieve near-zero emissions by 2050 or sooner to limit global warming to 1.5°C and avoid more severe impact on ecosystems and human health.

    Additionally, acting on climate change can have many co-benefits such as promoting healthy and active lifestyles, lowering household and transportation energy expenditures and improving air quality.

    Municipalities have influence on 60% of Canada’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions because of their jurisdiction over several important sectors that have large impacts on the climate, including land use, transportation, buildings, and waste management. City-level emissions reductions make significant contributions to addressing climate change.

    The City has been a signatory to the BC Climate Action Charter since 2007 and has undertaken efforts to reduce GHG emissions from municipal operations. The Community Climate Action plan will identify short-, medium-, and long-term actions to address community greenhouse gas emissions in support of IPCC’s 1.5°C goal.

    In addition, the plan will help the City to prepare for and support the Province’s CleanBC Plan, which includes actions to use energy more efficiently and prevent waste, with a target of 40% emission reductions below 2007 levels by 2030 and 80% by 2050.

    What is the City doing?

    Upon becoming a BC Climate Action Charter signatory in 2007, the City pledged to significantly reduce both corporate and community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Each year, the City reports its annual inventory of GHG emissions generated by municipal operations, as well as actions to reduce emissions, to the Province. To view our most recent report, see the 2017 Climate Action Revenue Incentive Public Report.

    We also strive to reduce emissions through implementing the Sustainable Kamloops Plan, Official Community Plan and the Transportation Master Plan which broadly support reductions in community GHG emissions.

    What are the benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our community?

    Taking action on climate change at the community level can have many positive health, social, and economic benefits, including:

    Improved community health: 

    • improved air quality from decreased congestion and energy use
    • healthier lifestyles from facilitating active transportation choices
    • improved home comfort from energy-efficient retrofits and new buildings
    • improved social cohesion from smart land use and transportation infrastructure

    Local economic development:

    • job creation in green building, retrofits, and energy assessments
    • increased demand for energy efficient and renewable energy technologies
    • energy savings or income generated reinvested in the local economy

    Lower household expenses: 

    • reduced cost to heat and cool energy-efficient buildings and houses
    • reduced long-term costs for owners or tenants as a result of energy efficiency retrofits and energy efficiency requirements for new builds
    • reduced costs associated with vehicle ownership and use from facilitating sustainable transportation options such as carpooling, car sharing, transit, cycling, and walking

    Where do our emissions come from?

    How can I participate?

    Stay up-to-date here on our Climate Action web page - learn more about the project and opportunities to provide input. 

    Additionally, we invite residents to do any of the following to receive project updates:

    • Register on this web page by clicking Sign Up & Speak Up! on the top right menu of the project page and participate in the online conversations
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