Ottawa – The City’s Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management today received an update on the Climate Change Master Plan. This is the City’s plan to transition to clean, renewable energy and making Ottawa more resilient to the effects of climate change.
Council declared a climate emergency last year and the City is committed to taking action to protect Ottawa’s economy, ecosystems and community from climate change. That includes reducing Ottawa’s greenhouse gas emissions by 100 per cent by 2050.
Between 2012 and 2019, community emissions decreased in Ottawa by 12 per cent due to efforts by the former provincial government to phase out coal plants and reduce emissions from electricity generation. Emissions remained relatively flat since 2016, with a slight increase in 2019.
The City’s corporate emissions made up roughly four per cent of Ottawa’s total emissions in 2019, down from five per cent in 2018. Between 2012 and 2019, corporate emissions decreased by 34 per cent, primarily due to efficiencies at the Trail Waste Facility. With the launch of LRT, emissions from buses decreased for the first time since 2012. The City is currently surpassing its short-term target to reduce corporate emissions by 30 per cent by 2025.
The City is continuing to make progress on the eight priorities of the Climate Change Master Plan. Highlights include approving the final strategy for Energy Evolution, developing climate projections for the National Capital Region, embedding climate change mitigation and adaption policies in the draft new Official Plan and increasing education and advocacy efforts.
Major projects in 2021 include assessing Ottawa’s climate vulnerability, developing asset management plans that consider climate change, finalizing plans to pilot corporate carbon budgets and continuing to advocate to upper levels of government for funding and support to address climate change.
Recommendations from the meeting requiring Council approval will rise to Council on Wednesday, January 27.