The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) has a long-standing 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.
Here are a few other climate action initiatives:
Comox Valley Sustainability Strategy
Comox Valley Sustainability Strategy, completed in 2010, includes a long-term target of 80 per cent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from 2007 levels by 2050, with a mid-term target of 50 per cent reduction by 2030.
Comox Valley Regional Growth Strategy
The Regional Growth Strategy, adopted in 2011, uses the same targets as the Comox Valley Sustainability Strategy and presents a vision statement for sustainable development in the Comox Valley.
Corporate Energy Plan
In March 2011, the CVRD Board approved a corporate energy plan with a target of reducing corporate emissions by 10 per cent from 2009 levels by 2015. That result was achieved, with actual 2015 emissions 27 per cent below the 2009 emissions baseline. The CVRD has since adopted a new corporate GHG emissions reduction target of 20 per cent below 2015 levels by 2020, and is in the process of updating the Corporate Energy Plan.
Community Climate Action Plan
The CVRD Community Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) serves as an action plan for the electoral areas of the CVRD towards the targets set out by the Regional Growth Strategy and the Sustainability Strategy.
Renewable Energy Demonstration Sites
In a continual effort to improve the long-term sustainability of the Comox Valley, the CVRD has undertaken several solar energy installations designed to reduce the environmental footprint of local facilities.
CARIP Climate Action Surveys
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 CVRD 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.
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: