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Region of Waterloo recognized as a GHG Reduction Champion

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities' (FCM) celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program by recognizing five communities that have excelled in meeting the initiative's goal of raising awareness of climate change and taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). One of the five communities recognized was Waterloo Region!

Region of Waterloo joined the PCP Program in April 2010. In October 2013, the Region achieved milestones four and five for corporate operations — a new record for completing the PCP milestone framework. A community-wide action plan was released shortly after, earning milestone three for the community in December 2013. The Region has worked hard to develop a comprehensive climate action strategy and continues to champion climate protection.

Click here to read the online News Release.

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Council approves community Climate Action Plan

On December 11, 2013, Regional Council approved a community-wide Climate Action Plan which includes a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 6% below 2010 levels by the year 2020. Development of the plan included collaboration with local municipalities who approved it in November, as well as a wide variety of community organizations, local businesses and residents over the past 18 months. Waterloo Region’s annual community greenhouse gas emissions were estimated at 3.6 million tonnes in 2010 and are expected to grow more than 17 per cent without the action plan by 2020 due to population growth. The plan also outlines other benefits including enhancing the local economy, energy security, cost savings for local businesses and residents as well as improving local air quality and public health.

Visit the Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions progress indicator for more information.

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Corporate Greenhouse Gas Action Plan receives enhanced target

On Wednesday, October 9, 2013, Regional Council approved an enhanced target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from Regional operations at an absolute level of 10% below 2009 levels by the year 2019. Since approval of the GHG Action Plan in May 2011, the Region has achieved almost a 15 per cent reduction in GHGs in two years. Based on this success, the enhanced target should be fully achievable over the life of the plan. The reduction in GHG emissions has many benefits including cost savings, better operation and maintenance of Regional assets and the reduced release of air pollutants associated with smog in ill health effects.

Click here to see the Region's Greenhouse Action Plan progress.

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Community Climate Collaborative Update

In 2011, Regional Council approved entering into a collaborative agreement with Sustainable Waterloo Region and REEP Green Solutions to form the Climate Collaborative. This leadership initiative is focused on developing a community-wide Greenhouse Gas action plan for Waterloo Region as part of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program. Other partners include area municipalities, local utilities and community organizations. Read more about it by clicking on the following link: Community Climate Collaborative Update.

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