North Cowichan Receives Grant to Update Modelling in 2013 Climate Action and Energy Plan

North Cowichan has 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. The grant will be used to:

  • Update the original greenhouse gas modeling to address changes in land use and development patterns, respond to technological advancements, and provide more functional and user-friendly tools for monitoring.
  • Obtain a progress update on the Municipality's emissions reductions goals in order to determine if the goals in the CAEP are attainable. 
  • Reschedule and reevaluate existing projects and determine if there are any new projects that should be implemented.
  • Develop an Implementation and Monitoring Framework that identifies quantifiable outcomes, timelines, and objectives to ensure progress towards emission reduction targets.

"This grant will enable us to check the progress we have made towards our current climate action goals and help us determine the best strategies we can use to reach our long-term targets," says Mayor Jon Lefebure.

"By refreshing the modelling used to generate recommendations in the original CAEP, elected officials, staff and the community can know we are using the best and latest information available in order to do our part to mitigate  and adapt to the effects of climate change moving forward," says Councillor Kate Marsh, chair of North Cowichan's Environmental Advisory Committee.

When the CAEP was completed in 2013, it received awards from the Planning Institute of BC and the Community Energy Association.

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