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City of Prince George approves new climate mitigation plan

City of Prince George approves new climate mitigation plan

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Prince George City Council has approved a new strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and preserve carbon-absorbing aspects of the community such as forests and wetlands.

The 2020 Climate Change Mitigation Plan, which replaces the 2007 Energy and Greenhouse Gas Management Plan, includes updated greenhouse gas emission inventories, reduction targets and suggested actions to achieve targets.

“The 2020 Climate Change Mitigation Plan sets out several short, medium and long-term goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions both from city government-related activities and for the community as a whole. Our new targets include an 80 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from levels measured in 2017 for both the city and community by 2050,” said City of Prince George environmental co-ordinator Andrea Byrne in a statement.

The new targets align with the Province of British Columbia’s emission targets and focus on transportation, land use, buildings, waste management, renewable energy and policy, decision-making, and reporting.

“There are also many social and economic benefits of the actions that have been identified. Reducing energy use means reducing costs and transitioning to renewable energy can open economic opportunities. As well, many of the actions in the plan, such as local food production, preserving natural spaces and supporting active and public transportation, also support a healthy and vibrant community,” Byrne said.

The strategy cost $139,000 to develop with $125,000 coming from a Federation of Canadian Municipalities grant, a City of Prince George statement said.

With the plan approved the city will develop a climate action strategy which will include development of five-year work plans for city projects.

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