In 2002, the RDN and the City of Nanaimo joined the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Partners for Climate Change Protection (PCP). The PCP is a network of Canadian municipal governments that have committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to acting on climate change. Through the support of this network and funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Green Fund, the RDN and its municipal partners developed two climate change plans for both corporate operations and community planning.
Corporate Carbon Neutral 2032 Plan
The RDN adopted the Corporate Carbon Neutral 2032 Plan (CCNP) in April 2021. The CCNP identifies actions required to reduce emissions from RDN services in support of carbon neutrality over the long term. The CCNP is a key part of the RDN's Strategic Goal to be a leader in climate change adaptation and mitigation and to become net zero by 2032.
The CCNP was developed by internal subject matter experts and with input from the RDN's Climate Action Technical Advisory Committee (CATAC). This approach helped identify potential barriers to action and ensured inclusion of solutions to overcome barriers should any arise; enabling the RDN to implement climate-friendly approaches and technologies more effectively.
In June 2020, the RDN's Climate Action Technical Advisory Committee (CATAC) started work on updating the RDN's strategy for community climate mitigation and adaptation. The committee is comprised of technical specialists from the region and their work will focus on recommendations for high priority, near term action. When adopted, the new strategy will guide RDN activities for community emission reductions, following on from work completed under the 2013 Community Energy and Emissions Plan.
In 2013, the RDN completed the Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP). The CEEP provides an energy use and emission inventory for the RDN and member municipalities for the year 2007, a forecast for emissions to the year 2050, establishes an aspirational emission reduction target of 80% below 2007 levels by 2050; and outlines the range of reduction measures necessary to achieve that target.