Recently the City of Merritt released their Climate Action Revenue Incentive (CARIP) Public Report for 2018. The 18-page document highlights what the City did in 2018 and their plans for 2019.
Without question the headline from the report is their green house gas (GHG) reduction target. The City is looking to cut emissions 10 percent by 2020.
Some of the ways the city is looking at reaching these goals are through;
- Looking at a bike network plan for the community for commuting purposes
- Continuing to upgrade walking trails to make them suitable for multi use pathways
- Bring forward the City’s GHG emission in Council orientation and strategic planning
- Review of City’s OCP, including GHG reduction policies
One of the specific topics discussed within the report was building and lighting actions. In 2019 the City stated they would be moving towards conversion of existing lights at the Arena and other City facilities to LED’s.
Also mentioned was continued education and enforcement of water conservation through meters and low flow fixtures and changing street lighting requirements within the subdivision servicing bylaw.
Local governments are required to report on their progress in achieving their carbon neutral goal under the B.C. Climate Action Charter. Merritt reported 1,072 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. It should be noted that that number is tied to corporate GHG emissions from services delivered directly by the local government.
To achieve carbon neutrality a government would have to take part in projects to balance their total GHG emissions. Merritt did not take part in any such action and is currently at level two of the action plan ‘measuring GHG emissions.’ Level three would be ‘acceleration progress on charter commitments with level four being achievement of carbon neutrality.
The topic of climate action and reducing GHG will be discussed during strategic planning.
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