Climate Action in B.C. Communities
Communities across the province are acting on climate change and taking steps to support a greener and more sustainable future. Required and voluntary actions enable leadership that supports healthy and resilient B.C. communities.
Legislation requires all B.C. local governments to set GHG reduction targets at the municipal and regional district level. Additionally, 180 of B.C.'s 188 local governments have signed the Climate Action Charter.
The B.C. Climate Action Charter commits local governments to lowering their carbon footprint and taking community-wide actions that demonstrate leadership on sustainable development. Signatories make planning for compact, complete and energy-efficient communities a priority and report out every year on their progress toward these goals as well as acheiving carbon neutrality in their corporate emissions.
The Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) reimburses the carbon tax for local governments who have signed the B.C. Climate Action Charter. These municipalities and regional districts annually measure the carbon footprint of their corporate operations and publish information about their corporate and community-wide sustainability actions each year through CARIP Reports.
The Toolkit website is developed and maintained through a three-way partnership between the Province, the Union of BC Municipalities and Smart Planning for Communities, a program of the Fraser Basin Council.|
The Toolkit is a tool for knowledge sharing and collaboration. It provides BC communities with the latest news, best practices and practical advice to help them reduce greenhouse gas emissions and implement their Climate Action Charter commitments.
The Toolkit also provides guidance and resources to support local governments to take a more integrated approach to planning that will lead to more resilient, complete, compact and livable communities.
To learn more, visit the Climate Action Toolkit.
Local governments can achieve carbon neutrality by measuring and reducing emissions, by purchasing carbon offsets to compensate for their greenhouse gas emissions or by developing projects to offset emissions.
In addition to corporate emissions management, another commitment under the charter is for local governments to measure and report on their community emissions profile data: from on-road transportation, to building energy use, to municipal solid waste management. Learn more about the Community Energy and Emissions Inventory (CEEI).
For more information, including a list of communities that have signed the Charter, please visit the Ministry responsible for Local Government.
To follow stories and news about green communities and local climate action in B.C. visit www.LiveSmartBC.ca/community.