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Climate Change


Overview

The City of Abbotsford is the sixth largest municipality in British Columbia, and the largest municipality by land mass. Abbotsford is a rapidly growing community with a diverse and vibrant population of over 140,000, based on the 2016 Official Community Plan (OCP). Council’s strategic plan envisions Abbotsford as the Hub of the Fraser, with a mission to continually improve the quality of life within the community by delivering key services for current and future generations. The vision is supported by four cornerstones: Vibrant Economy, Complete Community, Fiscal Discipline and Organizational Alignment.

The City provides community services and infrastructure in support of a sustainable, livable City. The City’s environmental commitment is established through the integration of sustainability throughout the OCP, and is further reflected in Council’s Corporate Strategic PlanEnergy Policy and Climate Action Reserve Fund Management Policy.  Sustainability provides significant benefits for Abbotsford residents, including environmental stewardship, cost reduction, and environmental self-sufficiency. 

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.   

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Sustainability Reporting

Climate action is a provincial priority and local governments are key partners in helping to reduce GHG emissions and create complete, compact, energy efficient communities. The following annual reports summarize the key sustainability action items the City has undertaken to support GHG and energy reduction:

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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. 

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Corporate Climate Change Action

The City is a proud signatory to the 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.

 

 

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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 three sectors; buildings, transportation and solid waste. 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 40% per capita below 2007 levels by 2040.  Implementing the policies and strategies laid out in the OCP will be a critical component of Abbotsford’s progress towards achieving the community’s GHG reduction targets over the next 25 years.

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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:

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