Local governments are committed to climate action and influence approximately 50% of the energy and emissions in Canada. However, they face several barriers to implementation.
To better understand challenges faced, and successes enjoyed, by Canadian local governments in developing and implementing Community Energy and Emissions Plans (CEEPs), CEA analyzed 30 CEEPs. Specific to the buildings sector, we studied CEEPs from communities within a broad geographical distribution, population range, and a variety of models and approaches. We interviewed both local government staff and CEEP consultants about their data, models, recommended technologies, community priorities and proposed solutions, and reported on community implementation progress.
CEA’s recommendations supported the complementary actions of removing local government barriers to action, addressing climate change, and spurring post-COVID economic recovery.
The final report will be available here when complete.
In 2019, CEA collaborated with the District of Ucluelet to create their Climate Action Plan, which was adopted that same year. Titled "Clean Energy for the Safe Harbour", the plan set ambitious 2050 targets of 100% Renewable Energy and 80% reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. It includes an inventory of community emissions, goals to achieve the targets, and strategies to achieve those goals and ultimately allowed them to be awarded FCM Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) Milestone 4 and Milestone 2 for action community and corporate emissions, respectively.
The full document can be found here: https://ucluelet.ca/images/Clean_Energy_for_the_Safe_Harbour_March_29.pdf