Climate Action Planning

What is the Climate Action and Energy Plan?

The Climate Action and Energy Plan (CAEP) identifies opportunities to reduce North Cowichan's energy consumption and emissions through community actions, policy and other municipal mechanisms. The Plan, which was adopted by Council in 2013, takes inventory of our community's existing energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and identifies 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.

Key Documents

CAEP: The Complete Plan Climate Action & Energy Plan (CAEP) [PDF - 6.7 MB] 
CAEP: A Summary Climate Action and Energy Plan (CAEP) Summary [PDF - 602 KB]
CAEP: Executive Summary Climate Action and Energy Plan - Executive Summary [PDF - 1 MB]
CAEP: Terms of Reference CAEP Terms of Reference [PDF - 173 KB]
CAEP: Implementation and Monitoring Framework (2014) Climate Action and Energy Plan (CAEP) Implementation and Monitoring Framework [PDF - 6 MB]
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The CAEP is getting an update!

In 2018, North Cowichan received a grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to update the emissions modelling used in the 2013 Climate Action and Energy Plan (CAEP). The $78,800 grant comes from the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program, funded by the Government of Canada and delivered by FCM.

For more information on the update, and to learn how to get involved, click here: Climate Action and Energy Plan Update

CAEP Reserve Fund

Funding for climate action and corporate energy projects is facilitated by a 0.5% tax which is put into a reserve fund annually (CAEP Reserve Fund). Energy savings realized from projects that were enabled by expenditures from the fund are also put back into the fund. Money from the fund can then be used to offset the costs of future climate action or corporate energy projects which will help to ensure sustainable funding sources into the future and reduce the municipality's capital budgets. 

The CAEP Reserve Fund was established in 2014 and a Terms of Reference document was developed to guide the management and expenditures from the fund. In 2017, Council approved changes to the CAEP Terms of Reference to better focus funding towards current environmental priorities and enable outside organizations the ability to receive funding for projects that action the CAEP (similar to the grant in aid process).

See the Climate Action Community Grants webpage for more information. 

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