The Province has released the Community Energy and Emissions Inventory (CEEI) reports for all B.C. local governments to assist them in creating community-wide GHG emissions baselines for their official community plans, John Yap, Minister of State for Climate Action announced today.
"These community emissions reports are the first of their kind in North America," said Yap. "Local governments are key players in our Province's push towards lowering its carbon footprint. By putting this information in their hands, they are further empowered to measure and track emissions to reduce their carbon-pollution levels."
The CEEI reports provide a consistent set of estimates of 2007 energy consumption and GHG emissions for all B.C. communities. Local governments can use this baseline to track the progress of policies and programs that are designed to lower GHG emissions.
Activities covered under the inventory include on-road transportation, buildings and solid waste. As well, estimates of land-use change from deforestation activities and emissions from livestock are also available in the CEEI at the regional district level.
"Since the Climate Action Charter was first introduced, local governments have said that we needed new tools to measure community emissions," said UBCM President Harry Nyce. "The Province is to be commended for providing communities with a benchmark to aid the assessment of local reduction strategies."
The CEEI will help local governments meet their commitments under the Climate Action Charter to measure and report on community GHG emissions profiles. It will help inform targets and policies for local governments under the new green communities legislation. Alongside official community plans and regional growth strategies, the inventory will assist in providing a fuller climate action picture for local governments.
"As a proactive leader and advocate in the area of climate action and addressing GHG emissions, the City of North Vancouver supports the Province's creation of community emissions reports," says Mayor Darrell Mussatto. "The Province has taken on the considerable task of providing this baseline and tracking system so that municipalities can focus on developing policies and actions - reducing greenhouse-gas emissions from on-road transportation, buildings, and solid waste. This program will be a useful tool for all B.C. communities and it will help the city to further monitor and measure our reduction strategies, meet our targets and note our successes."
To link to the full CEEI reports, http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/cas/mitigation/ceei/index.html
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