Climate Action & Adaptation Plans

Climate Plan Update

On January 20, the Climate Plan: 100% Renewable and Resilient Saanich will be considered by Saanich Council for adoption.

Read the supporting documents:

Thank you to everyone who has contributed throughout the development of the updated climate plan throughout three phases of public engagement.

100% Renewable and Resilient Saanich

In 2017, Council gave direction for staff to update Saanich’s Climate Action Plan, and in August 2019 updated the following targets:

  • achieving 50 per cent reduction of community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions below 2007 levels by 2030; and 
  • reaching net zero emissions before 2050 as a complement to the target of becoming a 100% Renewable Energy Community; and

  • preparing for and adapting to a changing climate.


2010 and 2011 Climate Plans

2010 Climate Action Plan Highlights

The Climate Action Plan set targets and identified actions to reduce both community and municipal GHG emissions.

Actions Include:

  • 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.

2011 Climate Adaptation Plan Highlights

Adaptation refers to activities intended to reduce unavoidable climate change effects.

We face many climate change impacts:

  • Sea-level changes.
  • Severe storms and bigger precipitation events
  • Seasonal water scarcity
  • 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:


Saanich publicly reports its progress to several stakeholders:

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.