Community Energy - Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Plan
Climate change is a global issue that must be addressed by all levels of government and society. In very simple terms, climate change is caused by an excessive build-up of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, in the atmosphere where they have a blanket (warming) effect on the Earth. The excessive build-up of greenhouse gases is largely attributed to human activities, such as burning fossil fuels for energy. Municipalities all across Canada are committed to doing their part to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions through the development of GHG reduction plans. The City of Charlottetown is thrilled to be a part of the global movement toward a greener future!
The first step in developing the plan was to take stock of our current energy use and GHG emissions by creating a comprehensive energy and emissions inventory broken down by sector. We have recently completed the energy and GHG inventory for Charlottetown, and now we want to share it with you!
We know that the aim of the City of Charlottetown GHG Reduction Plan is to help the City to chart a path that supports the Province of PEI to help meet or exceed its goal of reducing GHGs by about 40% by 2030. Pathways to 100% clean, renewable energy for all purposes by 2050 will be considered, a goal recommended by the Legislative Assembly of PEI's Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Energy in 2016 after hearing from several witnesses; along with various pathways to 100% renewable energy and other options for deep decarbonization. The goals we set, and the trajectory it takes to get us there is up to you. What is your vision for the future of Charlottetown when it comes to energy? Here are some examples from other municipalities: www.charlottetown.ca/visionforthefuture.php
You do not need to be an expert on energy, greenhouse gases, or climate change to join in these discussions and provide feedback. We will have useful background information on the website, at our public consultation sessions, and are offering a greenhouse gas and climate change information presentation specifically for those who wish to get engaged but want to learn more first.
How to get involved/learn more/give feedback:
Use these interactive tools to calculate your personal GHG emissions:
Events - Take part in opportunities to learn and reflect:
Climate Change & Greenhouse Gases 101
A Greenhouse Gas and Climate Change presentation and discussion will be held on Thursday, January 11 at Receiver Brass Shop (178 Water Street) from 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. with Stephanie Arnold, Senior Research Assistant, UPEI Climate Lab. This event is free to attend and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.
Community Energy Speaker Session
The Community Energy Speaker Session, hosted by Mayor Clifford Lee, will be held on Thursday, January 18 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at City Hall. This event is a great primer for the consultation sessions and will provide some great background on the value of community energy plans in general, and the potential for renewable energy generation on Prince Edward Island. Join us for this engaging and informative session and get inspiration for a vision for a greener future of Charlottetown. Speakers include:
- Eddie Oldfield with Quest - quality urban energy systems of tomorrow, speaking about the value of community energy plans and sharing some examples of how other municipalities in Canada are planning for the future when it comes to energy.
- Dr. Matt Hall - Assistant Professor from the UPEI School of Sustainable Design Engineering, speaking about renewable energy potential on PEI.
This event is free to attend and open to the public, no registration required.
Public Consultation Session - Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory & Reduction Plan
A Public Consultation Session will be held on Monday, January 22 at the Charlottetown Public Library with drop-ins welcome between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; or the public can pre-register for the evening consultation session, which runs from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. (light supper will be provided). The storm date for the drop-ins and the evening session is Monday, February 5. To register for the 5:30 - 7:30 session, visit: https://citycharlottetown.wufoo.eu/forms/z1k19kbz0s9js5o/