Port Moody’s Climate Action Plan is a community-wide plan that outlines actions to help the City and its residents adapt to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) that contribute to the warming of the Earth.

Our Plan focuses on mitigation and adaptation. Mitigation – working to reduce or prevent the emission of GHGs – is an important part of responding to climate change. However, even if we significantly reduced GHG emissions overnight, the effects of climate change would continue to be felt by future generations for a long time to come. That’s why our Climate Action Plan also focuses on adaptation measures, which will help us adjust to our new normal in Port Moody and reduce our vulnerability to the harmful effects of climate change.

Our Plan was developed with input from the community

We started with a community brainstorming session. In May 2019, we asked you to come up with ideas for actions that can be taken by individuals, business, or local government to address climate change. Your ideas were considered by members of staff and the Climate Action Committee as they developed a list of proposed actions that could be included in a draft Climate Action Plan. 

In November 2019, we asked you to share your thoughts on the list of proposed actions and tell us about any obstacles or barriers that could prevent us from taking specific actions. Your feedback informed the development of a draft Climate Action Plan, which was endorsed by Council on July 21, 2020.

Declaration of climate emergency

To fight climate change, we need to treat it like what it is: an emergency. That’s why our Council declared a climate emergency and asked City staff to include the following six actions in our Climate Action Plan: 

  • aim to have 90% of all new residents live within an easy walk of their daily needs;
  • accelerate our goal of having 40% of trips in the City made by walking, biking, or transit by 2030, and continue to champion regional transit initiatives;
  • have 50% of all cars driven on City roads be zero emissions vehicles by 2030;
  • aim to have all heating and hot water systems in new buildings produce zero emissions by 2025 and have existing heating and hot water systems utilize the most low-emission technology available upon replacement;
  • by 2030, reduce the carbon content of new buildings and construction projects by 40% (compared to 2018); and
  • include targets for enhancement, including opportunities for creek daylighting/enhancement, foreshore protection and enhancement, establishing connectivity between Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESAs) and enhancing forest health in the City’s ESA Management Strategy, and developing an urban forestry strategy that will move towards achieving the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) goals.

We’re also committed to updating our corporate and community GHG emission targets to be in line with those identified by the IPCC in their special report titled Global Warming of 1.5 °C, released in 2018. The report states that emissions must decline by 45% from 2010 levels by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050 in order to avoid severe climate change impacts.

Small changes can have a big impact
Our Climate Action Plan is an important step as Port Moody works to adapt to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But the individual actions of one person, or the joint efforts of one family, are also important. The Cool It! Climate Leadership Training program, developed by the BC Sustainable Energy Association for students in grades 4 through 7, promotes a list of 23 actions that can be taken by individuals and families to reduce their energy consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Choose a few of the actions and get started today – you can can make a difference!