Climate Action & Energy Plan (CAEP)

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What is the Climate Action and Energy Plan?

The Climate Action and Energy Plan   (CAEP) was adopted by Council on February 20, 2013.  The CAEP has taken inventory of our community's existing energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and identified future trends based on population, land-use, technology and other factors.

The CAEP identifies opportunities to reduce energy consumption and emissions through community actions, policy, and other municipal mechanisms.  The CAEP articulates a detailed understanding of the social, environmental, and economic impacts of the proposed emissions and energy reduction actions which will guide us as we select the best actions to pursue.  The CAEP is informed by in-person and online public input and has a low carbon economy focus.

The Climate Action and Energy Plan will enable North Cowichan to:

1. achieve a 33% reduction in GHG emissions by 2025 and an 80% reduction in GHG emissions by 2050;
2. sequester more carbon than we produce.


Moving Forward

We are now in the implementation phase of an exciting project that will help guide the future of land use, local economy, energy use, and emission reductions in our community.  The Climate Action and Energy Plan is helping North Cowichan lower its energy and carbon footprint while improving the local economy and quality of life for residents and visitors.

At its regular meeting on October 15, 2014 Council adopted the Climate Action and Energy Plan (CAEP) Implementation and Monitoring Framework .  Council directed staff to prepare an implementation plan when the CAEP was adopted in February 2013. 

The Implementation Framework was developed by staff together with the Climate Change Advisory Committee (CCAC) and builds upon the recommended actions in the CAEP to develop a comprehensive, robust and easier to read document.  

The CAEP Implementation and Monitoring Framework provides a summary of the actions and initiatives required, broad time frames for their delivery and the associated delivery mechanisms to ensure successful implementation of the CAEP.  A series of indicators have also been established to track the target achievement progress over time.  The Framework also identifies the lead and support departments or external agencies responsible for undertaking the actions and where known, a broad indication of costs and possible funding mechanisms.  In order for the Plan to be successfully implemented and the reduction targets achieved actions will need to be integrated into municipal departmental plans where funding commitments are tied to the Municipal budgeting process.  

At the same meeting Council also approved the Climate Action and Energy Plan Reserve Fund Terms of Reference  that will guide the management of and expenditures from the Climate Action and Energy Plan (CAEP) Reserve Fund.   The CAEP Reserve Fund was established on May 1, 2013 and on June 18, 2014 Council directed the CCAC to recommend terms of reference for this fund. 



British Columbia Community Energy Association

On September 18, 2013, the Municipality of North Cowichan received the top award of the Community Energy Association's Climate & Energy Action Awards for its Climate Action and Energy Plan at the Union of BC Municipalities Annual Convention in Vancouver BC, in the category of Community Planning and Development.

  • Presentation by Councillor Kate Marsh at UBCM

On September 16, 2013 Councillor Kate Marsh presented the Climate Action and Energy Plan to UBCM session: Building and Protecting Sustainable Communities.

Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC)

On Wednesday May 14, 2014, at the Planning Institute of BC (PIBC) Annual General Meeting in Vancouver, BC, the Municipality of North Cowichan’s Climate Action and Energy Plan (CAEP) won a silver award of excellence in Policy Planning – Small Town and Rural Areas.

Mayor Jon Lefebure notes, “We are very pleased that this plan is receiving such positive reviews.  Council will continue to work with our Climate Change Advisory Committee, staff and community members to implement the CAEP and reduce both our corporate and community GHG emissions and energy consumption.”

The CAEP was adopted by Council on February 20, 2013.  On May 1, 2013, Council adopted the Climate Action and Energy Reserve Fund with a 0.5% increase in property tax.  The fund is intended to support projects that reduce the Municipality’s energy use or greenhouse gas emissions.

This is the second award that the CAEP has won. The first award was received from the Community Energy Association on September 18, 2013.


Documents & Reports


Informative Websites


Corporate Initiatives

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