The RDN and the City of Nanaimo joined the Partners for Climate Change Protection (PCP) in 2002. This innovative program to address climate change at the local level is led by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives-Local Governments for Sustainability.
FCM Green Funds has provided funding to develop climate change plans for the RDN and its municipal partners' corporate operations and a region-wide community plan.
Each plan has five milestones:
The City of Nanaimo has completed a draft Climate Change Plan for its operations. The Town of Qualicum Beach and District Municipality of Lantzville have now joined the PCP program and the City of Parksville will soon become a member. Assisted by the RDN, they will prepare climate change plans and set GHG emissions reduction targets for their operations.
The climate change aspect of the strategy will focus on reducing energy consumption and GHG gas emissions from:
A draft Integrated Region-wide Energy, Air Quality and GHG Emissions Plan is expected to be completed this fall. The final document will reflect the input of diverse community interests and show how by working together residents, business, industry and institutions can reduce energy consumption and GHGs.