The CRD signed the BC Climate Action Charter in 2008 and, on an ongoing basis, is taking steps to adapt, mitigate and reduce climate change impacts.

In February 2019, the Capital Regional District (CRD) Board identified Climate Action & Environmental Stewardship as a priority for the region and approved a motion to declare a climate emergency. A growing list of cities have joined an international movement to declare a state of emergency regarding the climate crisis, promising to accelerate their climate action efforts to achieve net zero carbon emissions. The CRD is developing and implementing strategies to address this issue.

Across the Region

At the community level, the Regional Climate Action Strategy guides the CRD’s services to support community-focused climate mitigation and adaptation action over the next five years. The Strategy aligns with federal, provincial and regional initiatives to ensure a coordinated approach that identifies all opportunities and maximizes region-wide benefits.

The CRD Board approved the Regional Climate Action Strategy on April 12, 2017.

At the CRD

As an organization, the CRD has a leadership role to play when it comes to climate action. In 2008, the CRD Board committed to reducing operational GHG emissions by 33% by 2020, compared to 2007 levels. The CRD has been carbon neutral in corporate operations since 2012.

In 2015, the CRD Board identified two further priorities around corporate climate action:

  • Provide a climate lens for Board decision-making, and
  • Accelerate corporate mitigation and adaptation activities.

In response to these strategic priorities, the CRD Board endorsed the Corporate Climate Action Strategy (CCAS) in November 2016. The CCAS guides the CRD’s operational approach and decision-making through a policy framework and corresponding climate action activities and actions to meet these Board directives.