We have two plans that guide sustainability in Saanich:
- 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 GHG Reduction Targets:
- 33% in the community.
- 50% for municipal operations.
GHG emissions by industry:
- 62%: fuel combustion vehicles.
- 31%: buildings.
- 7%: landfilled waste.
Source: 2010 Community Energy and Emissions Inventory.
Climate Adaptation Plan
Adaptation refers to activities intended to reduce unavoidable climate change effects.
We face many climate change impacts:
- Sea-level changes.
- Melting glaciers.
- Ecological impacts.
- Food security challenges.
How will climate changes affect our community? This plan looks to identify all impacts and the actions we need to take to respond.
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.
With more projects pending in 2017, the municipality is also looking forward at the feasibility of 100% renewable energy in municipal operations and will share this process with the community in late 2017.