Climate Change Mitigation

The City of Coquitlam has received numerous letters from the public requesting a formal declaration of Climate Emergency.

At the Regular Council meeting on December 16, 2019, Council unanimously endorsed the following motion:

“The City of Coquitlam Council acknowledges that the impacts of climate change are becoming more severe, that all levels of government around the world and their citizens must act with more urgency to lower GHG emissions, and therefore Coquitlam’s Environmental Sustainability Plan currently being developed, should include corporate and community reduction targets including exploring the actions required to achieve the IPCC targets.”

As the City moves forward with developing Coquitlam’s Environmental Sustainability Plan (ESP), staff will review the City’s existing GHG reduction targets and explore the actions required to achieve the IPCC targets. The ESP will include Climate Action as one of five key themes and our process to develop the ESP will take into consideration feedback from the public, which includes the points raised in the letters sent to Council.

Learn more about the City of Coquitlam’s climate action initiatives below.

Coquitlam is committed to taking action on climate change by promoting practices that reduce greenhouse gases and conserve energy.

Climate Action Targets

The City of Coquitlam has committed to address climate change by signing the Climate Action Charter in 2007. In early 2017, the City set new targets to reduce corporate GHG emissions by 40% below 2007 levels by 2025.

Energy Conservation Measures

The City is actively identifying and implementing energy conservation measures to fulfill the City’s corporate Climate Action commitments. Energy conservation measures have included the installation of two energy-sharing (Thermenex) systems, LED lighting, lighting controls, programmable thermostats, waste heat recovery systems, and electric fleet vehicles. The City has also initiated a tracking system to manage building energy consumption.

Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP)

The 2018 Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) report highlights the actions the City has taken to reduce GHG emissions.

Community GHG Reduction Strategy

In 2008, the Provincial Government enacted Bill 27 Local Government (Green Communities) Statutes Amendment Act requiring all local governments in British Columbia to incorporate community greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets in their Official Community Plans.

In response to this legislation, and to strengthen the City's response to climate change, Coquitlam developed a Community Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy. This initiative looks at opportunities to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions across the broader community and has resulted in two targets:

  • Reduce community-wide GHG emissions by 15% below 2007 levels by 2031
  • Reduce community per capita GHG emissions by 30% below 2007 levels by 2021

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