Community Climate Action Plan

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Climate change is a global problem that is causing observable local impacts such as extreme-weather events, wildfires, flooding, and drought. The severity and frequency of these events is projected to increase as the concentration of atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHG) continues to rise along with average global temperatures.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 2018 report emphasizes that society needs to transition off of fossil fuels and achieve net zero-carbon emissions by 2050 or sooner to have a reasonable chance at limiting global warming to 1.5°C and avoiding more severe impacts on ecosystems and human health. The decline must begin

Climate change is a global problem that is causing observable local impacts such as extreme-weather events, wildfires, flooding, and drought. The severity and frequency of these events is projected to increase as the concentration of atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHG) continues to rise along with average global temperatures.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 2018 report emphasizes that society needs to transition off of fossil fuels and achieve net zero-carbon emissions by 2050 or sooner to have a reasonable chance at limiting global warming to 1.5°C and avoiding more severe impacts on ecosystems and human health. The decline must begin immediately, and GHG emissions must drop by 40% to 60% by 2030.

While there is urgency to act to achieve these global objectives, efforts to address climate change also result in positive changes closer to home. The many co-benefits include lowering household transportation energy expenditures; improving air quality; and promoting healthy, active lifestyles.

The City of Kamloops is developing a Community Climate Action Plan (CCAP) to reduce local GHG emissions in support of the IPCC’s 1.5°C goal.

Our community GHG emissions come from three main sources:

  • Transportation: 66% - fuels consumed through personal and commercial vehicles
  • Buildings: 29% - primarily energy from heating
  • Solid waste: 5% - decomposition of organic matter

Each of these sources must set a course to achieve zero-carbon emissions by 2050 to be congruent with the IPCC’s direction.

The Community Climate Action Plan will include a broad range of short-, medium-, and long-term actions that will build on the policies and priorities established in the Sustainable Kamloops Plan, the Transportation Master Plan, and the Official Community Plan.

Community Climate Action Plan project phases:

Phase 1—Understanding the Present—focuses on understanding the sources of our community emissions and identifying opportunities for reducing them.

Phase 2—Exploring the Future—consists of reviewing best practices and developing draft policy options that target emissions in the key sector areas: land use, transportation, buildings and solid waste.

Phase 3—Choosing Our Future— consists of engaging the community and stakeholders for input on the draft policy options intended to reduce GHG emissions and achieve the plan’s targets.

Phase 4—Planning Our Future— consists of developing a draft plan, conducting a final round of community and stakeholder engagement, and presenting a final plan to Council in early 2021.


  • Phase 3 Engagement Concluded

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    22 Oct 2020

    October 13, 2020 - Phase 3 engagement activities have now concluded. We thank everybody who took the time to provide their feedback. The project team is now analyzing the results in preparation to present them to Council later this year.

    Stay tuned to this website for additional future engagement opportunities, and subscribe to ongoing project updates from this page.

  • New Virtual Engagement Opportunity

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    September 30, 2020 - Are you unable to attend any of the in-person open houses for the Kamloops Community Climate Action Plan, but want to receive an overview of the project and engage live with City staff on the plan’s draft policy options and actions?

    Then join us on Thursday, October 8, 2020, 4:00–6:00 pm for a virtual engagement opportunity using Zoom, which will feature a presentation on the plan’s draft policy options and actions followed by a Q&A session with the project team.

    Important event information:

    • Please arrive online at least 5 minutes before event start time. Presentation will begin at 4:00 pm sharp.
    • To avoid interruptive background sounds, participants will be muted upon entry.
    • To facilitate meaningful discussions, you are highly encouraged to visit the ‘Document Library’ at Let's Talk Climate Action to review the eight ‘Big Moves’ and their associated policy options and actions prior to the webinar and come with your questions!
    • If you have not yet participated in a Zoom webinar, please review this important information on how to watch or participate prior to attending this webinar.

    To attend the virtual engagement opportunity, join via Zoom by clicking here on October 8, 2020 at 3:55 pm.

    Note: Link will not work in advance of meeting start time.

  • City of Kamloops Launches Climate Action Plan Community Engagement

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    September 14, 2020 - The City of Kamloops is seeking community feedback on the Community Climate Action Plan (CCAP), which is being developed to set the direction for reducing local greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and supporting a cleaner, healthier, lower-carbon future.

    There are a number of ways for citizens, businesses, and organizations to provide input on the plan’s draft policies and actions, including an online survey and a discussion forum on this Let's Talk page.

    The survey is open until October 12 and respondents can enter to win one of three BYO gift baskets—each including a $50 Downtown gift certificate.

    There are also opportunities to learn about the project and share feedback in person at one of three open house events:

    September 30, 6:00–8:00 pm
    October 1, 1:00–3:00 pm
    October 1, 5:00–7:00 pm

    All three events will be held at the Kamloops Yacht Club at 1140 River Street. All provincial COVID-19 protocols will be followed. The event is a drop-in format, and the venue will be limited to 25 participants at any given time. Each event will begin with a half-hour presentation, but attending the presentation portion of the event is optional.

    “We hope these community conversations provide a clearer picture of what a ‘made in Kamloops’ approach to tackling climate change looks like,” said Glen Cheetham, the City’s Sustainability Services Supervisor. “The actions identified in this planning process are intended to bolster our community response to the changing climate.”

    Kamloops’ community GHG emissions come from three main sources (2017 data):

    • Transportation 66%: fuels consumed by personal and commercial vehicles
    • Buildings 29%: primarily energy used for space and water heating
    • Solid waste 5%: decomposition of organic matter

    To be in line with provincial, federal, and international commitments to keep global temperature rise to 1.5°C, each of these emissions sources needs to set a course to achieve reductions of around 80% from 2007 levels by 2050.

    While there is urgency to act to achieve these global objectives, efforts to address climate change also result in positive changes closer to home. The many co-benefits include lowering household transportation energy expenditures; improving air quality; and promoting healthy, active lifestyles.