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The Community Growth Committee recommended that Council formally adopt a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions below 2009 baseline levels by 2019 for municipal operations, as per the Partners for Climate Protection recommended target, and to further this direct Administration to:

  • Develop adequate processes to support timely, accurate and comprehensive data collection for greenhouse gas emissions inventories
  • Develop a baseline community greenhouse gas emissions inventory for 2009 and set a reduction target
  • Develop a project team to gather information about energy efficiency and emission reduction measures that have been put in place, are planned or could be implemented to reduce future greenhouse gas emissions for municipal operations
  • Develop a local action plan for energy conservation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to achieve reduction targets

The City of Grande Prairie is one of over 240 municipalities who have joined PCP, making a public commitment to reduce emissions. These members cover all provinces and territories, and account for more than 80% of the Canadian population. The PCP program has five milestones:

  • Create a GHG emissions inventory and forecast
  • Set an emissions reductions target
  • Develop a local climate action plan
  • Implement the local climate action plan
  • Monitor progress and report results

What types of GHG emissions are measured?

The inventory tracks three principal GHGs: carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrous oxide (N2O) and
methane (CH4), expressed as a CO2 equivalent (CO2e).
Typically, these GHGs are generated from:

  • the use of fossil fuels to light, heat, cool and ventilate buildings (including homes and offices) and to power municipal operations, industrial processes and vehicles
  • the decomposition of organic waste in landfills.

Did you know...

FCM’s Green Municipal Fund™ (GMF) provides grants of up to 50 per cent of costs to
a maximum of $350,000 toward the completion of PCP Milestones Two and Three? GMF also
offers grants for feasibility studies and grants and low-interest loans for capital projects to
implement measures identified in the local action plan.

Links:

Green Municipal Fund Federation of Canadian Municipalities

ICLEI - Canada

Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change


Last updated: 6/4/2014 3:18:26 PM