The District of Saanich has committed to becoming a 100% renewable energy community and to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80% below 2007 levels by 2050.
Public and stakeholders will be invited to contribute to a new Climate Action Plan. The Plan will be developed over a 12-18 month period and will provide a long-term direction and action plan to:
- transition as a corporation and a community to 100% renewable energy by 2050,
- achieve an 80% reduction in GHGs by 2050, and
- prepare for and adapt to a changing climate.
To learn more, read the Climate Plan: 100% Renewable Saanich Terms of Reference and sign up for email updates to learn how to be involved.
Current Climate Plans
- Climate Action Plan [PDF - 1.9 MB]: Sets targets and actions to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.
- Climate Adaptation Plan [PDF - 1.9 MB]: Identifies ways we can adapt to climate changes.
Climate Action Plan
The Climate Action Plan set targets and identified actions to reduce both community and municipal GHG emissions.
- Reduce municipal fleet fuel consumption.
- Promote energy alternatives like solar hot water in buildings.
- Implement a greener garbage collection program.
Our 2020 GHG Reduction Targets:
- 33% in the community.
- 50% for municipal operations.
We will continue to undertake projects that move us towards these 2020 targets whilst the climate plan is updated throughout 2018.
Climate Adaptation Plan
Adaptation refers to activities intended to reduce unavoidable climate change effects.
We face many climate change impacts:
- Sea-level changes.
- Severe storms
- Health impacts
- Ecological impacts.
- Food security challenges.
This plan looks to identify all impacts and the actions we need to take to respond to a changing climate in our community.
The following reports released by the Capital Regional District outline the most recent information regarding climate changes in our region:
- Climate Projections for the Capital Region – 2017
- Coastal Sea Level Rise Risk Assessment Report – 2015
Saanich publicly reports its progress to several stakeholders:
- District of Saanich residents and Council through our Annual and Financial Reporting.
- Province of BC through our annual Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP).
- Internationally through the Carbonn Climate Registry.
In 2013, Saanich was awarded top honours in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program. The Municipality has reached five milestones for both corporate and community programs, making it the 8th municipality in Canada to achieve this status and the first on Vancouver Island.
See how Saanich is leading by example.