Progress Reports

Climate Change Progress Reports

We’ve made strides with many of the targets we set in our Climate Action Plan in 2010. That said, we still have much more to do.

View our Climate Action Plan Progress Report [PDF - 961 KB] here, also summarized below and visit our Updated Climate Plan page for more information on action moving forwards.

We measure our climate impact by calculating our greenhouse gases (GHG) we emit as a community within our municipal boundaries – our Territorial GHG Emissions Inventory. The majority of our emissions are from transportation, followed by buildings and then a smaller proportion from waste.

However, there are also climate impacts from the products we consume, like our food and clothing, which may have been produced and processed outside of Saanich and imported for our use.  This is called our Consumption Based GHG Emissions Inventory (CBEI) – and it measures the GHG emissions from all of the goods and services that the Saanich Community consumes, regardless of where those goods and services are produced.  The CBEI was not completed in 2007 alongside our Territorial Emissions Inventory, but many cities are now interested in incorporating consumption based emissions as part of their climate plans.  A 2015 CBEI was calculated as part of the Saanich Eco-city Footprint [PDF - 1 MB].

The 2010 Climate Action Plan outlined a target for a 33% reduction in community Territorial GHG emissions by 2020 compared with our 2007 baseline.  We have since adopted targets to become a 100% Renewable Energy Community and reduce our GHG emissions by 80% by 2050.

There have been a great number of climate actions implemented by both the community and the District of Saanich since our 2010 Climate Action Plan was approved.  However, as can be seen from the charts, our emissions have increased since 2007 due to a variety of factors:

  • Building emissions decreased from 2007 – 2016 given Provincial Building Code energy efficiency standards and home energy retrofit rebates, supported by top-up funding from the District of Saanich and CRD. However, in the last two years there has been a notable increase in buildings switching from renewable electricity to natural gas for heating.  Alongside population growth and increased development, this may explain the increase in building emissions seen between 2016 and 2017.  
  • Waste emissions decreased since 2007 with the introduction of the Greener Garbage Program, reducing organics going to landfill. 
  • Transportation emissions increased significantly between 2007 and 2016, owing potentially to an increase in vehicle size and non-renewable fuel use given low fuel prices. However, there has recently been a considerable increase in active transportation, which, alongside improved vehicle emissions standards, likely contributed to the first decrease in transportation emissions seen in 2017 since our baseline.  Current and reliable transportation data remains a constraint when monitoring our GHG emissions inventory and the District of Saanich continues to work with the Province and ICBC on this issue.

Visit our Updated Climate Plan page for more information on our climate action moving forwards.

Leading by Example

The District of Saanich provides an extensive range of services, infrastructure and key facilities for residents, including everything from greener garbage collection to the provision of recreation programs; from the maintenance of sewer and stormwater drains to front line emergency police and fire services; and from the installation of bike lanes and traffic signals to the conservation of natural areas and management of our valuable parks.  Providing these services requires energy use and resulting GHG emissions, primarily in buildings and transportation. 

The 2010 Climate Action Plan outlined a target for a 50% reduction in corporate GHG emissions by 2020 compared with our 2007 baseline. We have since adopted targets to become a 100% Renewable Energy Community and reduce our GHG emissions by 80% by 2050.

Early reductions in GHG emissions were made by electrifying our light duty fleet, switching our heavy duty vehicles to more efficient diesel, replacing oil boilers in our facilities and completing building energy upgrades.  However, our progress has slowed in recent years with an increase in services and facility space and aging facilities that use more energy. 

However, in this time, several exciting projects have been completed or designed that aim to bring us back on track over the next few years.  These include:

  • Gordon Head Recreation Centre – Air Source Heat Pump and high efficiency boiler, completed in 2016-17 and fully commissioned through early 2018;
  • Municipal Hall – boiler retrofit completed in late 2017;
  • Pearkes Arena – heat recovery and low carbon electrification study to commence in late 2018;
  • Saanich Commonwealth Place – deep energy retrofit and heating system replacement with biomass and high efficiency boiler due into 2020/21; and
  • Fleet low carbon fuel options report due late 2018.

Saanich has a Strategic Energy Management Plan that is updated annually to plan for future corporate energy projects and track change.  More information about corporate projects can be found in the ‘Leading By Example’ section of our Climate Backgrounder [PDF - 6 MB].

Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) Report

Each year, we submit a report on our GHG emissions to the B.C. Government. When we submit the report, it ensures we continue to receive provincial grant money.