Sustainable Waterloo Region is proud to be a part of the ClimateActionWR collaboration along with two other lead organizations – REEP Green Solutions and the Region of Waterloo, and through valuable partnership with area municipalities and local electric and natural gas utilities. Together with community stakeholders and the support of grantors, these partners championed the development of Waterloo Region’s first-ever community action plan on climate change. In November and December of 2013, the City Councils of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo, as well as Regional Council, unanimously passed recommendations to endorse the Climate Action Plan and commit to a community GHG reduction target of 6% below 2010 levels by 2020. With this plan acting as the collective direction, our community is poised to further our sustainability efforts and together contribute to meeting the reduction target by 2020.
The first step towards developing the Action Plan was the completion of a community-scale GHG emissions inventory for Waterloo Region. This inventory uses 2010 as a base year and also includes a 10-year emissions forecast out to the year 2020. The inventory shows the “carbon footprint” of Waterloo Region is 3.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent through local energy use, traffic volume, waste sent to landfill, and some agricultural activities.
The Climate Action Plan was developed with input from people across our community in order to provide Waterloo Region with a relevant course of action for addressing climate change at a local level. Implementation of the plan will begin in early 2014.
If you live or work in Waterloo Region, you’ll find that you’re an important part of addressing climate change at a local level. The recommendations, actions, and strategies detailed in the Climate Action Plan outline how we can work collaboratively to achieve our 6% GHG reduction target and make our community an even better place to live and work in 2020 and beyond.