Climate Action Plan
What We Do
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS), in partnership with its member municipalities, developed regionally coordinated Climate Action Plans (CAPs) for itself and member municipalities. The CAPs provide each community and Electoral Areas within the RDOS with targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in municipal operations and community-wide emissions reductions. Each of the communities participating and the RDOS Electoral Areas will be amending their Official Community Plans to adopt the targets and associated policies.
These efforts are in response to Provincial legislative requirements to have targets, policies and actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions set in our local Official Community Plans, and to voluntary commitments made by our local governments under the BC Climate Action Charter.
In the RDOS, the following communities are participating in the Climate Action Planning process:
- Keremeos; and
Following the adoption Official Community Plan Ammendments providing GHG emission reduction targets and policies implementation of the Plans will begin which will include:
- Strategies and actions to reduce emissions; and - Review of development proposals, Official Community Plans and Zoning Bylaws for fulfilling the GHG target requirements adopted in the OCP.
- Performance measurements for tracking progress towards the reduction targets.
The Climate Action Plans will also be adopted and incorporated into the Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) as adopted by the RDOS.
FINAL CLIMATE ACTION PLAN - March 31, 2011
Where We Use Energy and Create Emissions
We use energy and create GHGs when:
- We drive our cars;
- We heat and cool our homes and businesses; and
- We transport our goods.
We also create GHGs when:
- Our garbage decomposes in landfills,
- We grow our food through fertilizer use, manure management and animal digestion; and
- We cut down trees that aren't replaced.
Why Take Action?
The purpose of the Climate Action Planning process is to help manage energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. There are many benefits to taking actions, such as:
- Minimizing climate impacts by mitigating GHG emissions;
- Reducing energy costs through energy efficiency and conservation;
- Reducing vulnerability to fluctuating energy markets through reduced reliance on fossil fuels;
- Creating local economic development opportunities by promoting a green economy, including clean technology, renewable energy, water services, green transportation, etc...; and
- Supporting sustainability and livability by building compact, complete communities.
For further information about Climate Action Planning in the RDOS, please contact:
Donna Butler, Development Services Manager
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen
Ph: (250) 490-4109