Victoria, BC—–The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board has approved the 2017 CRD Climate Action annual report, the first report to summarize the actions and accomplishments related to the CRD’s corporate and community-focused climate action strategies.
As a top strategic priority for the Board, CRD staff continue to develop and implement climate action activities on an ongoing basis—both from a corporate planning and asset management perspective and through the delivery of projects and educational campaigns that identify opportunities to mitigate, adapt to and reduce climate change impacts across the region.
Highlights from the 2017 report include:
- Operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions were 2,332 Tonnes C02-e, a 4.3% reduction from 2016 and a 17% reduction from 2007 levels—and the CRD was again carbon neutral in its operations this year
- Planning for the final segment of Phase I of the E&N Rail Trail that will add another kilometer of cycling and pedestrian trail between Langford and Victoria
- The completion of People Power’s Active Transportation and Health Communities pilot program to support residents in safely walking, rolling and cycling more in their everyday lives
- Initiating planning and securing funding for the CRD’s own Zero Emissions Fleet Initiative intended to reduce operational GHG emissions over the next three years
- Development of a carbon budget for the Greater Victoria Water Supply Area to better understand the potential effects of projected climate change on forest growth and mortality
- Incorporating a climate lens review into the budgeting process for all large CRD capital projects
- Implementing energy efficiency retrofits in CRD buildings and facilities, including an LED retrofit at CRD headquarters that will reduce electricity consumption by 44%
The work outlined in this inaugural report aligns with both the Corporate Climate Action Strategy (CCAS) endorsed by the CRD Board in 2016 and the Regional Climate Action Strategy (RCAS) approved by the Board last year.
The CCAS was developed to both accelerate the CRD’s own mitigation and adaptation activities in meeting GHG emissions reductions targets, while the RCAS was developed to align with federal, provincial and local initiatives to increase opportunities for collaboration and partnership throughout the community.
The CRD will continue to monitor and report annually on progress toward completion of actions in both of these climate action strategies.
For more information and to view the 2017 annual report, please visit www.crd.bc.ca/climate.
Proud to be recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24-member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, foster community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region. Visit us online at www.crd.bc.ca.
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Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications