The CVRD has made a strong commitment to climate action, including joining the Partners for Climate Protection program in 2006, signing the BC Climate Action Charter in 2007 and adopting a Climate Change Toolkit in 2008. In 2009-2010 the Comox Valley Sustainability Strategy was completed and included a long-term target of 80 percent reduction of GHG emissions from 2007 levels by 2050, with a mid-term target of 50 percent reduction by 2030. The Regional Growth Strategy has adopted the same target as the Comox Valley Sustainability Strategy. Community wide greenhouse gas emissions inventories for the Comox Valley are available here: BC Ministry of Environment.
In March 2011 the CVRD Board approved a corporate energy plan with a target of reducing corporate emissions by 10% by 2015. The results of the 2015 emissions inventory conclude that this target has been achieved, with 2015 emissions 27% below the 2009 emissions baseline.
The CVRD has adopted a new corporate GHG emissions reduction target of 20 percent below 2015 levels by 2020. Anticipated actions to achieve this target include energy retrofits at the Comox Valley Sports and Aquatic Centres, further fleet management activities including biodiesel use, and construction of a new energy-efficient fire hall on Hornby Island.
As part of the provincial Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP), the CVRD reports annually on its climate action plans and progress towards meeting the goals, objectives and targets that have been adopted. The CVRD’s most recent CARIP report can be found here:
PARTNERS FOR CLIMATE PROTECTION
In 2006 the regional district became a member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Partners for Climate Protection program. The program is a network of local governments across Canada, and internationally, that have committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and acting on climate change. The CVRD has recently reached milestone 5 for corporate emissions, and is working on an implementation program to reach milestone 4 for community emissions. The five milestones are as follows:
1. Create a GHG emissions inventory and forecast.
- Community – Inventory completed through the province of BC's Community Energy and Emissions Inventory. Forecast for electoral areas included in community climate action plan.
- Corporate – Inventory and forecast completed and included in corporate energy plan adopted in 2011.
2. Set an emissions reductions target.
- Community – Completed by including targets in the Comox Valley Sustainability Strategy and Regional Growth Strategy.
- Corporate – Completed by including targets in the corporate energy plan.
4. Implement the local action plan or a set of activities.
- Community – Electoral area actions implemented under Comox Valley Sustainability Strategy action plan for electoral areas included home energy rebates, education program, online carpool resources, renewable energy demonstration systems, bus shelters and cycling signage. Implementation of actions from the community climate action plan including participation in the Oil to heat pump program, local implementation of the ScrapIt program and shelf-ready design of priority cycling infrastructure is underway.
- Corporate - Completed energy audits at Comox Valley sports centre and aquatic centre as well as the Comox Valley water pollution control centre. Design underway for heat reclaim project at Comox Valley sports centre. Amended the fleet management policy to addresses GHG emissions. Modified fleet purchasing practices including purchasing more fuel efficient trucks, all-electric Nissan Leaf, plug-in hybrid Ford Fusion and an electric bicycle. Installed solar photovoltaic systems at the Oyster River and Fanny Bay fire halls, Comox Valley water service area and the Royston water service area office building.
5. Monitor progress and report results.
- Community – Ongoing including utilizing community energy and emissions inventory updated by the province, utilizing web and social media plus updates to the CVRD board.
- Corporate – Ongoing including utilizing corporate energy inventory updated annually and providing updates to the board.
INTEGRATED RESOURCE RECOVERY
In 2012 the CVRD retained Farallon Consultants Limited to conduct an Integrated Resource Recovery study which involved a systematic examination of CVRD infrastructure and the benefits of recovering resources from solid waste (e.g. food waste, wood residues) and liquid waste (e.g. municipal wastewater) as well as waste heat and other waste materials. The report for this study is available below: