Port Moody is developing a Climate Action Plan! Our community-wide plan will outline actions to help the City and its residents adapt to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to the warming of the Earth.

In British Columbia, we’re already experiencing the effects of climate change, such as extreme precipitation and an increase in average temperatures. A Climate Action Plan will help us adapt to the changes we’re already seeing, and reduce the impact of the changes that are yet to come.

Climate Action Plan Open House

Thank you to everyone who attended our Climate Action Plan Open House on November 14, 2019. We asked you to share your thoughts on a list of proposed actions that may be included in a Climate Action Plan for Port Moody. You also had the chance to tell us about any obstacles or barriers that could prevent us from taking specific actions. Your feedback will inform the development of a draft Climate Action Plan to be considered by Council in spring 2020.

Community Brainstorming Session

Thank you to everyone who attended our Climate Action Plan Community Brainstorming Session on May 25, 2019, or submitted their ideas online. 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 may be included in a draft Climate Action Plan. 

 What will our Climate Action Plan focus on?
Our Climate Action Plan will focus on mitigation and adaptation. Climate change mitigation refers to efforts to reduce or prevent the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs). This 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 must also focus on climate change adaptation – adjusting to our “new normal” in Port Moody, and reducing our vulnerability to the harmful effects of climate change.

The actions contained in our Climate Action Plan will be divided into seven categories (four related to adaptation and three related to mitigation). These are the areas where our efforts as a community will have the biggest impact.

The four adaptation categories are:

  • natural environment (e.g. daylighting streams, protecting habitats)
  • infrastructure (e.g. storm water management, utility conservation)
  • emergency response and human health (e.g. extreme heat preparedness, disaster response planning)
  • land use and growth management (e.g. identifying vulnerable areas, liveability)

The three mitigation categories are:

  • buildings (e.g. energy efficiency ratings for homes, low-carbon building policy)
  • transportation and mobility (e.g. electric vehicles, public transit, and human-powered transportation methods such as walking and cycling)
  • waste reduction and management (e.g. education and awareness, increasing diversion rates)
 Declaration of climate emergency

To fight climate change, we need to treat it like what it is: an emergency. That’s why our Council has 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.