At last night’s Council meeting, Council of the Village of Salmo passed a resolution to join the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Local Governments for Sustainability Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program. This commits the Village to advancing low carbon practices such building high-efficiency buildings, undertaking building retrofits and developing district heating; building active transit, electric vehicle infrastructure and electrified public transit; implementing near-zero GHG waste plans; and delivering high-efficiency water and wastewater services.
The Village has already taken positive steps in this direction, including the development and adoption of a Strategic Community Energy and Emissions Plan, development of electric vehicle infrastructure, planned and funded infrastructure upgrades to deliver high-efficiency wastewater services, among others. This progress was recognized earlier this year by the Province which formally designated Salmo as a Climate Leader.
Salmo joins just over 300 communities across the country in this initiative which commits us to support the goal set by the 2016 Paris Agreement and signed by 190 countries, including Canada, to limit global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees in order to avoid the worst of climate change impacts.
A copy of the resolution is below and attached.
WHEREAS it is well established that climate change is increasing the frequency of extreme weather events and posing other risks, such as drought, forest fires and rising sea levels, which present serious threats to our natural environment, our health, our jobs and our economy;
WHEREAS the 2016 Paris Agreement, signed by more than 190 countries, including Canada, committed to limit the global temperature increase to below two degrees Celsius and to pursue efforts to limit this increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius, in order to avoid the most severe climate change impacts;
WHEREAS local governments are essential to the successful implementation of the Paris Agreement;
WHEREAS Canada’s cities and communities influence approximately 50 per cent of national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and can drive systemic low-carbon practices, including: building high-efficiency buildings, undertaking building retrofits and developing district heating; building active transit, electric vehicle infrastructure and electrified public transit; implementing near-zero GHG waste plans; and delivering high-efficiency water and wastewater services;
WHEREAS investments in these types of measures also reduce operating costs, help municipalities maintain and plan for future community services, protect public health, support sustainable community development, increase community resilience and reduce a community’s vulnerability to environmental, economic and social stresses;
WHEREAS a number of government and international and national organizations have called for greater cooperation among all stakeholders to meet reduction targets, including Canada’s Big City Mayors’ Caucus, which supports binding GHG emission reduction targets at the international, national and city levels, action plans that cut emissions, identification of risks and mitigation solutions, and regular municipal GHG emissions reporting;
WHEREAS the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and ICLEI–Local Governments for Sustainability have established the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program to provide a forum for municipal governments to share their knowledge and experience with other municipal governments on how to reduce GHG emissions;
WHEREAS over 300 municipal governments across Canada representing more than 65 per cent of the population have already committed to reducing corporate and community GHG emissions through the PCP program since its inception in 1994;
WHEREAS PCP members commit to adopt a community GHG reduction target of 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, in line with the Government of Canada’s target, and to adopt a corporate GHG reduction target that is similar or more ambitious, and to consider adopting a deeper community and corporate emissions reduction target of 80 per cent by 2050;
WHEREAS the PCP program is based on a five-milestone framework that involves completing a GHG inventory and forecast, setting a GHG reduction target, developing a local action plan, implementing the plan, and monitoring progress and reporting results;
WHEREAS PCP members commit to carry out the five-milestone framework within 10 years of joining the program and to report on progress at least once every two years;
WHEREAS PCP members accept they can be suspended from the program — subject to prior notice in writing by the PCP Secretariat — in the event of non-submission of progress reports within the established deadlines;
BE IT RESOLVED that the municipality of the Village of Salmo endorse the Government of Canada’s commitment to the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature increase to below two degrees Celsius and to pursue efforts to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius; and
BE IT RESOLVED that the municipality of the Village of Salmo review the guidelines on PCP member benefits and responsibilities and then communicate to FCM its participation in the PCP program and its commitment to achieving the milestones set out in the PCP five-milestone framework;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the municipality of the Village of Salmo appoint the following:
Corporate staff person:
Chief Administrative Officer
Stephen B. White
To oversee implementation of the PCP milestones and be the points of contact for the PCP program within the municipality.
_________________Diane Kalen-Sukra______ Signature
__________________November 15, 2017____ Date