Climate Action

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Coquitlam is committed to taking action on climate change by promoting practices that reduce greenhouse gases and conserve energy both corporately and within the broader community. Coquitlam is also taking action to prepare for and adapt to climate change towards maintaining sustainable service delivery to its residents. The City is moving forward with developing Coquitlam’s Environmental Sustainability Plan (ESP) which is informed by public consultation and includes Climate Action as one of five key themes. 

Climate Mitigation versus Climate Adaptation - What Is the Difference?

Climate mitigation is efforts to reduce or prevent greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, such as: Climate adaptation is actions to adapt services and infrastructure to changing climate conditions, such as:
  • Energy efficient equipment
  • Renewable energy
  • Sustainable transportation
  • Creating complete communities
  • Waste diversion
  • Water/energy conservation
  • Flood protection
  • Infrastructure and building design
  • Disaster management and business continuity

Climate Mitigation Actions in Coquitlam

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  • Corporate Climate Action Targets

  • Corporate Actions to Reduce GHG Emissions

  • Community Climate Action Targets

  • Community Actions to Reduce GHG Emissions

  • Climate Action at Home and at Work

Climate Adaptation Actions in Coquitlam

The severity of climate change is dependent on the extent of global greenhouse gas emissions. These changes pose risks to the services offered by the City and to its infrastructure. Based on the current track of greenhouse gas emissions, the next 30 to 60 years of projections for Coquitlam are:

  • a mean temperature increase of 1.8 degrees Celsius by year 2050 and of 3.5 degree Celsius by 2080;
  • a mean precipitation increase of 2% by year 2050 and 6% by 2080
  • summer precipitation decrease of 6% by 2050 and 10% by 2080;
  • rise in sea level by 30 cm by 2050 and 80 cm by 2080;
  • and total storm/rain events to increase by 17%.

As a result, Coquitlam is developing a strategic plan to adapt to these climate change impacts. ​

Climate Adaptation Strategic Plan

Coquitlam’s Climate Adaptation Strategic Plan will deal with the impacts of changing weather patterns on infrastructure, services and the community. This Plan is funded, in part, by a grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program and will:

  • Evaluate potential risks of climate change to City infrastructure an services,
  • Develop strategies to mitigate the impacts, and
  • Recommend an action plan with timelines.

The draft Climate Adaptation Strategic Plan was presented to Council on July 27, 2020. The Plan intends to build climate resiliency, and considers the impacts of climate change on drainage, drinking water, energy, buildings, transportation, parks, natural areas, business, agriculture, and residents’ health and safety. It will also build on the City’s existing policies and initiatives in response to climate change, and once adopted by Council, the recommended strategies will provide a framework for future actions and plans.

Next Steps

Information about the Climate Adaptation Strategic Plan will be shared with the community, and the final Plan will be submitted to Council later this year for adoption and implementation.

Climate Action Public Report 

The City of Coquitlam completes the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) Public Report as required by the Province of BC on an annual basis. The linked CARIP report summarizes actions taken in 2018 and proposed for 2019 to reduce corporate and community-wide energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). The report includes actions the City is taking to prepare for and adapt to climate change and reports on progress towards achieving carbon neutrality.  

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