Climate mitigation is the effort to reduce or prevent emission of greenhouse gases. Mitigation can mean using new technologies and renewable energies, making older equipment more energy efficient, or changing behaviour. It can be as complex as a plan for a new city or as simple as improvements to a cook stove design. Efforts underway around the world range from high-tech subway systems to bicycling paths and walkways. Protecting natural carbon sinks like forests and oceans, or creating new sinks through silviculture or green agriculture, are also elements of mitigation.
Communities across Canada and BC are acting on climate change and taking steps to support a greener and more sustainable future.
The CVRD is one of 250 local governments to have joined the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program. PCP is a network of Canadian municipal governments that have committed to reducing greenhouse gases (GHG) and to acting on climate change.
Legislation requires all BC local governments to set GHG reduction targets at the municipal and regional district level. The CVRD is one of 180 local governments in BC to have signed the BC Climate Action Charter. The Charter commits the CVRD to lowering it's carbon footprint and taking community-wide actions that demonstrate leadership on sustainable development.
Community Energy and Emissions Inventory (CEEI)
One of the commitments under the BC Climate Action Charter is for the CVRD to measure and report on the community emissions profile data: from on-road transportation, to building energy use, to municipal solid waste management. Learn more about the CVRD's 2012 Community Energy and Emissions Inventory and the CEEI reporting program.
In 2012, we completed Energy Consumption and Density Mapping for the Cowichan Valley. This mapping provides the energy consumption per area unit and serves as a baseline against which future energy planning activities can be evaluated.
CVRD Corporate Carbon Footprint
One of the CVRD's commitments under the BC Climate Action Charter is to measure the carbon footprint of our corporate operations and publish information about our corporate and community-wide sustainability actions each year through Climate Action Revenue Incentive Reports (CARIP). Learn more about our corporate carbon footprint in the 2016 CARIP Report
One of our other commitments under the BC Climate Action Charter is to achieve carbon neutrality. Local governments can achieve carbon neutrality by measuring and reducing emissions, by purchasing carbon offsets to compensate for their greenhouse gas emissions, or by developing projects to offset emissions. Learn more about the CVRD's Energy and Emissions management program
Some of our other projects to help mitigate climate change related impacts include:
- Completing a Regional Energy Strategy that analyzed opportunities for developing locally-sourced renewable energy and how such systems would reduce our community's GHG emissions. This strategy also provides some clear strategies about how our communities can adapt to changes and increased energy costs.
- Developing a strategic Energy Management Plan for CVRD buildings, community centers and assets such as our water and sewer systems.
Regional Energy Reports:
- Report 1: Potential Renewable Energy Resources in the CVRD (2.9 MB)
- Report 2: Energy Consumption & Density Mapping (1.46 MB)
- Report 3: Potential Distributed Energy Opportunities (1.71 MB)
- Report 4: Energy Resilience Opportunity Costs & Issues (1 MB)
- Report 5: Energy Density Projections (1.66 MB)
- Report 6: Energy Mapping & Modelling Findings and Recommendations (2.15 MB)