Public Input on Climate Action Priorities
Prince George is already feeling the effects of climate change and is joining other cities around the world that are working to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
We're updating our 2007 Energy and Greenhouse Gas Management Plan to reflect the city's current energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and to pursue new actions that will help us achieve GHG emission reduction targets.
We've identified actions in five categories based on their significant potential impact on energy consumption and GHG emissions, alignment with other City priorities and initiatives, and relevance to local features and strengths.
The priority actions are presented in five categories:
Buildings that rely on natural gas, electricity, propane, and heating oil emit greenhouse gases. Energy use in residential, commercial, and small-to-medium industrial buildings accounts for 37 per cent of Prince George's greenhouse gas emissions.
Build New, Energy-Efficient Buildings
Require energy-efficient buildings and help builders transition to the new BC Energy Step Code.
Use More Wood in Buildings
Wood stores carbon and is less energy-intensive compared to other products like steel. Using wood in buildings also supports local industry and expertise.
Retrofit Existing Buildings
Connect people to rebate programs and provide financial incentives and legal advice to reduce energy use in existing buildings.
Vehicles emit carbon dioxide when they burn gasoline and diesel. Carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles account for half of all GHGs in Prince George.
Support Active Travel
Improve infrastructure to reduce vehicle use and make it easier for people to walk and bike around the city.
Add new routes, improve schedules, and make other improvements to increase transit use.
Encourage Electric Vehicles
Provide more public charging stations, encourage home and work charging options, and consider initiatives that encourage electric vehicle ownership.
3. Waste and Food
Methane (a potent greenhouse gas) forms when biodegradable waste decomposes. Waste and food GHGs account for 13 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions in Prince George.
Divert Yard, Garden, and Kitchen Waste from Landfills
Provide information and services to help residents reduce waste. Examples include education, organic composting options, curbside collection, and new renewable gas options.
Support Local Food Production
Encourage local food production and continue to support local farmers markets.
4. Land Use
The way communities are built affects how people live and travel. Land use impacts greenhouse gas emissions.
Encourage Connected and Compact Urban Living
Make Streets About People, not just Vehicles
- Restrict development in the city's outlying areas.
- Encourage new housing and building developments in established neighbourhoods (infill development).
- Encourage compact community growth around hubs like transit, shops, parks, and other amenities.
Focus on designing streets for walkers, cyclists, and transit users.
Plant and Grow More Trees
Protect and grow the city's urban forest and preserve existing tree canopies.
5. Renewable Energy
Using existing waste to create new energy will help reduce the city's greenhouse gas emissions.
Produce Renewable Natural Gas Using Organics
Explore ways to use organic materials (e.g. yard, garden, and kitchen waste) to produce renewable natural gas. This will also help offset local natural gas consumption.
Increase Connections to the Downtown Renewable Energy System
- Encourage downtown buildings to connect to the City's District Energy System (DES). The DES uses waste heat from Lakeland sawmill to heat 11 downtown buildings.
- The DES has significant capacity to heat other buildings in the downtown area. Connecting more buildings to the DES can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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LOCAL GHG EMISSIONS
Vehicles account for half of Prince George's greenhouse gas emissions.
MITIGATION AND ADAPTATION
Climate change mitigation means taking steps individually or as a community to reduce the effects of climate change.
Climate change adaptation involves preparing a community to handle its effects. It means making Prince George resilient to further climate developments in the coming years.