Climate Change Overview
Climate change refers to any long-term shift in weather conditions over time, including temperature, precipitation, winds, and other indicators. The impacts of climate change are far-reaching, affecting our infrastructure, weather patterns, wildlife and landscapes. It can be caused by both natural processes and human activities. The build-up of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere is the primary cause for concern about climate change now and in the future.
Corporate Climate Change Action
The City is a proud signatory to the Premier's Climate Action Charter. The Charter commits local government to move toward achieving carbon neutrality in most corporate activity and operations and to work to create more compact, energy efficient communities.
The Corporate Energy Policy ensures energy management is an integral part of the City’s broader business plan setting a vision and framework for energy efficiency and conservation.
Community Climate Change Action
Provisions under the Local Government Act required community GHG emissions reduction targets to be included in Official Community Plans (OCP) by May 2010. Following community consultation, the City established community GHG emissions reduction targets and policies for four sectors; transportation, buildings, waste and agriculture. These targets and policies may be viewed in Part 3 of the OCP.
Abbotsford residents and businesses currently spend about $500 million per year on energy and this amount will increase in the years to come as the cost of energy rises. To help keep Abbotsford affordable by reducing energy use and its associated GHG emissions, we are aiming to reduce GHG emissions by 20% per capita below 2007 levels by 2025 and 45% per capita below 2007 levels by 2040. To achieve these targets, address climate change and reduce community expenses, the City has prepared a Green Energy Plan.
Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program Reporting
The Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) is designed to offset the carbon tax paid by local governments who have committed to working towards carbon neutrality in their corporate operations under the Climate Action Charter. To be eligible for the conditional grant, local governments are required to report publicly on their progress towards meeting their climate action goals. Since the initiation of the CARIP, the City has completed the following annual reports: