PRRD Community Energy Plan
The Peace River Regional Energy and Emissions Project is a collaborative effort between the Peace River Regional District and the municipalities of Chetwynd, Pouce Coupe, Taylor and Tumbler Ridge to develop both corporate and community energy plans for each community and the rural areas in order to meet their voluntary commitments under the Climate Action Charter and the regulatory commitments under the “Green Communities” amendment to the Local Government Act (Bill 27 in 2008).
The full reports representing the Peace River Regional District’s community energy plan is available here:
PRRD Corporate Energy and Emissions Inventory Report
Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in BC
There is increasing evidence that global climate change resulting from emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHGs) are causing, or will soon cause, significant environmental impact on the ecology of the planet. In the past 2 years, the BC Government has embarked upon a number of initiatives to reduce GHG emissions in BC including:
- Setting a target of a 33% reduction in total province-wide emissions by 2020 from 2007 levels.
- Requiring all ministries and other public sector organizations (PSOs) to become carbon neutral beginning in 2010.
- Requiring municipalities to incorporate GHG reduction targets, and strategies to reach them, into their official community plans (OCPs) through the Local Government (Green Communities) Statutes Amendment Act (Bill 27 – 2008).
- Encouraging municipal governments to become proactive in achieving carbon neutrality in their corporate operations by becoming signatories to the Climate Action Charter. Signatories commit to achieving carbon neutrality in their municipal operations beginning in 2012 through a combination of emission reductions and offsets. The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is a signatory to the climate action charter.
Community and Corporate Emissions
This inventory addresses the corporate operations consumption and emissions. Actions to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions are frequently divided into the realm of:
- Corporate emissions – those that the Regional District creates through its activities (and which it has control over) such as municipal building operations, recreation centres, vehicle fleets, and utility services); and
- Community emissions – those that the residents and businesses in the community create through their activities. The Regional District cannot directly control these, but may be able to influence through planning and program activities. These will be addressed in a separate phase of this project.
Carbon neutrality means that the operation of the local government will result in no net greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere. Carbon neutrality results from a combination of:
- Reduction measures to reduce the GHG emissions from operations. This is accomplished through retrofits, efficiency initiatives, and behavioral change of staff; and
- Carbon Offsets, which are reductions made by others elsewhere in the community or province, through registered and reviewed projects that reduce GHG emissions. Owners of these offset projects may sell these ‘reduction credits’ to other parties that are working to neutralize their carbon footprint.
The full Inventory is available through the following link: