A ‘targeted dives’ approach would be most appropriate for the City of Victoria. While the City is only moderate in size (approx 83,000 people), it is growing and has committed itself to acting on climate change.
Importantly, a targeted dives approach would be most appropriate for Victoria because it would enable the City to think about its sectoral targets and how to achieve them. Given that the City has an engaged and concerned citizenry, it would be prudent to develop an action plan that is SMART (smart, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound), communicate the expected savings from actions quantified, and a clear list of the actions in each category (or sub-sector). Following these steps, through a targeted dives approach, could be the necessary recipe for success.
Last, in addition to setting sector or sub-sector GHG targets, Victoria would need to consider tracking and monitoring the results of its actions. We know from the research on CEEPs that there is a very strong relationship between the performance of a community’s CEEP and the degree to which it tracks and monitors the results of its actions. A targeted dives approach also has a budget for GIS analysis which would act as another method to present and engage the community on targets, scenarios, actions, and results.