Where we Use Energy and Create Emissions
We use energy and create Green House Gases (CHGs) 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 tress 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.
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 interested member municipalities. The CAPs provide each local government, community and Electoral Area within the RDOS with targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in local government operations as well as community-wide emissions reductions.
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 undertake voluntary commitments made by our local governments under the BC Climate Action Charter.
Community Climate Action
In the RDOS, all Electoral Areas and the following communities are participating in the Climate Action:
- Keremeos; and
Each of these participating communities and RDOS Electoral Areas "A", "C", "D", "E", "F", and "H" have amended their Official Community Plans to adopt targets and associated policies, which generally 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 have also been adopted and incorporated into the Sub-Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) as adopted by the RDOS.
COMMUNITY CLIMATE ACTION PLANS - March 31, 2016
A regional strategy aimed at reducing emissions from private vehicles in the community is Carpool.ca.
Corporate Climate Action
As signatories to the Provincial Climate Action Charter, the Regional District and participating member municipalities have undertaken voluntary commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in local government operations. The Regional District's Corporate Climate Action Plan provides targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its local government operations, and energy audits have been done on RDOS facilities with the intent to implement energy efficiency measures. Emissions are reported to the province annually through its Climate Action Rebate Incentive Program (CARIP).
RDOS CORPORATE CLIMATE ACTION PLAN - March 31, 2011
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