News Release - October 13, 2017

RDN Awarded Carbon Neutrality for 2016

The Regional District of Nanaimo has successfully achieved its annual goal of corporate carbon neutrality, achieving Level 4 recognition - "Achievement of Carbon Neutrality" for the 2016 reporting year. Recognition is provided on an annual basis to local governments who demonstrate progress on their Climate Action Charter commitments by the joint Provincial - Union of British Columbia Municipalities Green Communities Committee.

The RDN are signatories to the BC Climate Action Charter that supports local governments in achieving climate goals. "The RDN has attained carbon neutrality this year and we are proud of our achievement" Chair Veenhof states. "Through the RDN's Carbon Emission Reduction initiatives we continue to demonstrate commitment to work with the Province and UBCM to take action on climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our operations."

Some examples of how the region achieved this recognition include the diversion of food waste in the regional waste collection program, fueling buses with CNG, improving energy efficiency when doing facility upgrades and purchasing electric and hybrid vehicles for their fleet.

An important overall focus area for the RDN is the recognition that carbon neutrality is key to economic development and a healthy community. Receiving the Achievement of Carbon Neutrality for 2016 helps the Region reach its environmental priorities in its 2016-2020 strategic plan.

More information on provincial Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program, please visit www.cscd.gov.bc.ca.

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Sharon Horsburgh
Sustainability Coordinator, Strategic & Community Development
Regional District of Nanaimo