Corporate Energy and Climate Change Plan
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:
- Create a GHG inventory and forecast
- Set an emissions reduction target
- Develop a GHG emissions reduction plan
- Put the plan in action
- Monitor progress and report on results
- GHG Inventory and Forecast - The RDN has completed an inventory and forecast of energy consumption, costs and GHG emissions for its corporate operations and the region-wide community. In 2002, the region generated an estimated 616,800 tonnes of GHGs or 4.60 tonnes per capita. The chart below shows the breakdown of GHG emissions by sector.
- Corporate Climate Change Plans - The RDN Board has approved a climate change plan for its corporate operations that targets reducing GHG emissions by four per cent below 2004 levels by 2012. The table below shows a breakdown of emissions by sector. The greatest source of emissions is from the combustion of diesel fuel required to operate regional transit buses.
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.
|Proposed expansion of the Ravensong Aquatic Centre operated by RDN Recreation and Parks includes exploring geothermal heating to reduce GHG emissions.|
- Integrated Region-wide Energy, Air Quality and GHG Emissions Plan - Work is now underway to prepare an integrated region-wide energy, air quality, and GHG emissions management plan. This major regional initiative will create a comprehensive plan that sets out a future energy and emissions strategy for the region as a whole. The plan will set targets to reduce fossil fuel use and GHG emissions and improve air quality. These targets will be achieved through improved energy efficiency and development of renewable energy.
The climate change aspect of the strategy will focus on reducing energy consumption and GHG gas emissions from:
- Residential, commercial and industrial buildings
- Solid waste
|Improving the energy efficiency of new and existing buildings will be a focus of the Community Energy, Air Quality and GHG Management Plan.|
The energy aspect of the region-wide plan will focus on energy demand and renewable energy such as:
- Waste heat and landfill gas utilization
- Ground source heat from heat pumps and geothermal
- Co-generation of heat and power
- Solar technologies
- Clean fuels
- Wind energy
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.