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.

Upcoming Engagement and Community Survey

The CCAP project team is hosting three public open houses on September 30 and October 1. Join us to provide your input on the CCAP policy options. We look forward to seeing you there!

In the meantime, please complete our survey here, comment in the forum below, ask a question, or share your own climate "action" story.

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  • Join the Conversation

    10 days ago
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    The Community Climate Action Plan outlines eight ambitious, longer-term actions, characterized as "Big Moves", and each Big Move contains a number of policy options. 

    Here, we invite you to leave your thoughts and comments on the policy options. We list the overall target and policy options for each Big Move; for detailed context and background for each Big Move, visit our document library [link to doc library]. 

    Below, you can leave your comment(s) and/or reply to others within the forum conversations. If you have a question you would like to have answered by the CCAP team, please submit it through the Q&A tab. (We are not monitoring this forum for questions). 

    To let us know your level of support for the policy options, please take our survey here.

    Participation in this forum needs to be respectful and abide by the moderation policy of the Let's Talk engagement website.

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  • Big Move #1: Low-Carbon Development

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    TARGET: By 2050, 90% of residents can access their daily needs and efficient transit within an easy walk/roll.
    Click here to review a summary of the Big Moves.

    POLICY OPTIONS:

    1A - 10-Minute City

    • Intensify growth in city cores and slow growth in outskirts by planning most new developments in existing neighborhoods 
    • Concentrate, where possible, housing in areas well-served by transit, cycling, and walking networks to make it easier to walk and bike for daily needs

    1B - Hidden Housing Solutions

    • Encourage or require new single and semi-detached homes to be ‘secondary suite-ready’
    • Permit up to two accessory dwelling units per single family home along transit corridors and commercial areas and TRU (e.g. a ground floor suite & a laneway home)

    1C - Green New Neighbourhoods

    • Encourage or require higher sustainable development standards for new subdivisions through incentives or regulations (examples below):
      • Homes built in new neighbourhoods must achieve a higher standard of energy efficiency and/or use a low carbon energy system for space and water heating
      • Require enhanced protection and/or restoration of healthy ecosystems impacted by the development of new neighborhoods (e.g. green stormwater infrastructure, tree canopy requirements)

    1D - Urban Containment

    • Create an urban containment boundary that encompasses existing developed areas of the city (i.e. new development will occur only in previously developed areas of the city)
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  • Big Move #2: Car-Light Community

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    TARGET: By 2050, 50% of trips in Kamloops to be by active transportation and transit.
    Click here to review a summary of the Big Moves.

    POLICY OPTIONS:

    2A - Low-Emissions Superblocks and Zones

    • Downtown superblock pilot to convert streets into areas that prioritize walking/cycling, greenspace, and/or public gathering
    • Prioritize low-emissions vehicles in certain areas of city

    2B - Active Mobility

    • Accelerate the build-out of the cycling and walking network to make it easy, safe, and accessible to walk, cycle, and “roll” 
    • Provide incentives for E-bike and cargo-bike purchases, and secure bike parking with access to electricity
    • Support development of micro-hubs that enable low-carbon freight delivery or shared mobility services (e.g., bike sharing, scooter sharing)

    2C - Transit and School Bus Service Tune Up

    • Optimize transit service to the community’s land use 
    • Increase transit frequency in areas of increased population and employment densities 
    • Extend school bus service to cover students who live more than 1.6 km from school (currently 4 km)
    • Implement a walking school bus program for students who live less than 1.6 km from school

    2D - City-wide Transportation Demand Management

    • Support the implementation of transportation demand management programs that help people make fewer trips by car and use more sustainable transportation options such as transit, ridesharing, walking, and biking.

    2E - Kamloops Car Share

    • Support the development of a city-wide car-share program to reduce the number of privately-owned vehicles operating in the city and encourage more sustainable

      modes of transportation

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  • Big Move #3: Zero-Emissions Transportation

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    TARGET: By 2050, 85% of kilometres driven by Kamloops registered passenger vehicle owners to be by zero-emissions vehicles.
    Click here to review a summary of the Big Moves.

    POLICY OPTIONS:

    3A - Zero-Emissions Vehicle Strategy for Light-Duty Vehicles

    • Advocate for stronger zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) mandates from Provincial/Federal governments
    • Develop a public charging network and require EV charging in new developments
    • Encourage EV adoption through incentives and outreach
    • Develop zero-emission zones and ZEV priority parking
    • Encourage EV car-share, taxi, and ride hailing

    3B - Enhanced ZEV Strategy for Medium and Heavy-Duty Vehicles

    • Support BC Transit’s Low Carbon Fleet Program which aims to replace diesel buses with electric or renewable natural gas buses 
    • Support a transition to zero-emissions school buses 
    • Explore introducing a fee for commercial loading/parking that is discounted for zero-emissions vehicles
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  • Big Move #4: Zero-Carbon Homes & Buildings

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    TARGET: By 2030, all new and replacement heating and hot water systems to be zero-emissions.
    Click here to review a summary of the Big Moves.

    POLICY OPTIONS:

    4A - New Buildings - Community-Wide

    • Set targets for zero-carbon new buildings and encourage low-carbon new buildings with existing tools (e.g. Step Code)
    • Advocate to the Province for stronger zero-carbon building regulations
    • Incentives for energy efficiency and low-carbon buildings (e.g. municipal top-up towards provincial/utility incentives)
    • Explore incentives for energy efficient building materials and embodied carbon requirements

    4B - Existing Buildings - Community-Wide

    • Support an ambitious program to retrofit existing buildings, focusing on health, climate resilience and greenhouse gas emissions reduction
    • Explore incentives, financing and marketing opportunities to encourage retrofits of existing buildings; leverage available grant funding whenever possible


    4C - Thompson Rivers University Electrification

    • Learn from TRU’s aggressive carbon reduction program for buildings (i.e. all new buildings to use clean energy for space and water heating; convert existing buildings by 2030)
    • Explore opportunity to leverage for local industry capacity-building
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  • Big Move #5: Zero-Waste/Circular Economy

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    TARGET: Kamloops to be a zero-waste community by 2040.
    Click here to review a summary of the Big Moves.

    POLICY OPTIONS:

    5A - Zero-Waste Research and Innovation Centre

    • Create a zero-waste research and innovation centre
    • Support businesses for materials reuse, products as a service, upcycling, and more

    5B - Local Organics Collection and Processing

    • Capture all organic waste for beneficial end use 
    • Investigate producing biofuel from local organics for city uses (e.g. for fleet vehicles or heating civic facilities)
    • Explore the feasibility of increasing landfill gas capture rates for beneficial end use (e.g. for fleet vehicles or generating electricity)

    5C - Waste Diversion

    • Reduce and/or divert 90% of paper, yard and wood waste from entering the landfill by 2032 
    • Explore strategies and opportunities to reduce single-use items and plastics 
    • Implement requirements for waste diversion and materials reuse from construction and demolition sites
    • Integrate waste systems with local energy production
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  • Big Move #6: Renewable Energy

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    TARGET: This Big Move is ongoing and does not have a specific target.
    Click here to review a summary of the Big Moves. 

    POLICY OPTIONS:

    6A - Neighbourhood Scale Energy

    • Explore community and neighbourhood-scale renewable energy systems and storage for long-term energy security and flexibility
    • Support research and development opportunities with academia, energy companies, business, institutions, and the community

    6B - Green Industrial Park 2.0

    • Position Kamloops as a research, technology, and manufacturing hub for BC’s low-carbon transition
    • Explore flexible grid options for resilient and efficient systems that can cost-effectively handle increased loads from electric vehicles and building electrification
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  • Big Move #7: Zero-Carbon Civic Operations

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    TARGET: The City of Kamloops to strive to reduce carbon emissions from municipal operations by 40% by 2030 and 100% by 2050.
    Click here to review a summary of the Big Moves.

    POLICY OPTIONS:

    7A - Zero-Carbon Civic Operations

    • Review corporate energy use and strategically phase out fossil fuel use in buildings and fleet
    • Support employee climate actions (e.g., green commuting, workplace EV charging)

    7B - Finance and Implementation

    • Incorporate “climate lens” in all City department work plans, in capital and operating budgets
    • Establish internal carbon price
    • Tracking and reporting progress
    • Staff resources for coordination and new programs
    • Measure, monitor, and publicly report progress

    7C - Communication and Engagement

    • Communications and marketing plan 
    • Creative community engagement
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  • Big Move #8: Healthy Urban Ecosystem

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    TARGET: Increase Kamloops’ urban forest canopy cover to 20% by 2030 and 30% by 2050 to enhance our forests’ carbon storage capacity and support biodiversity. Click here to review a summary of the Big Moves.

    POLICY OPTIONS:

    8A - Urban Forests for Climate Cooling

    • Monitor tree protection regulations on private and public lands 
    • Expand urban tree canopy targets to include private land
    • Develop native plant standards for public and private land
    • Ensure access to public green space with trees and shade

    8B - Protect and Heal Nature

    • Develop local carbon offsetting program linked with biodiversity and conservation
    • Develop City and regional biodiversity corridors and ecosystem strategy

    8C - Green Infrastructure

    • Integrate green technologies and natural vegetation (e.g. rain gardens) with infrastructure upgrades on public land
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