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Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP)
We have developed a Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) to help reduce our carbon emissions and become a more energy efficient community.
Created in consultation with community members and stakeholders, the CEEP targets key sectors — land use, buildings, transportation, energy, and waste — in order to promote overall community health and liveability, and make our community more resilient to rising energy costs.
The Community Energy and Emissions Plan was adopted by Council on December 2, 2019. Download the final strategy document (PDF: 18MB)
News and updates
December 2, 2019 — Approved by Council
The final CEEP report was presented to Council, who voted unanimously to approve it. You can view the staff report and presentation to Council in the 'Documents and related web content' tab.
October 28, 2019 — Final draft presented to Council
Staff presented the final draft of the CEEP report to Council in a workshop, with the recommendation that it be forwarded to a regular meeting to consider adopting it. You can view the staff report and presentation to Council in the 'Documents and related web content' tab.
March 11, 2019 — Draft report presented to Council
Staff presented the draft CEEP report to Council for discussion. You can view the draft report in the 'Documents and related web content' tab.
January 21, 2019 — Update to Council
Staff gave Council an update on progress with the CEEP, which included a summary of public engagement undertaken in phase 4, and key action areas included in the draft plan. You can review the staff report to Council, as well as the phase 4 engagement summary, in the 'Documents and related web content' tab.
September 27 to October 19, 2018 — Online survey on draft actions
We conducted an online survey to gather feedback on the draft Climate Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP), which contains a number of actions that will guide long-term planning as we work to reduce carbon emissions in the District.
July 27, 2018 — Reporting back on what we've heard
During February, 2018, we met with key stakeholders and local residents to discuss the plan, and generate ideas for actions we can take to meet our objective of reducing carbon emissions and becoming a more energy efficient community.
March 26 to 30 — Sustainability on Screen: Video Production Bootcamp
Sustainability On Screen was a free one-week filmmaking program for District youth aged 14 to 19, aimed at producing videos centred on the theme of climate action.
Here are two videos produced during the bootcamp.
February 15, 2018 — An evening of conversation and ideas
We hosted an evening of conversation and ideas on reducing our contribution to climate change and becoming a more energy efficient community. Ideas generated will help inform the (CEEP).
January 22, 2018 — Information report to Council on CEEP project
Staff met with Council to update them on the proposed CEEP project phases and engagement plan. You can view the staff report to Council in the 'documents and related web content' tab.
November 2017 — Interdepartmental steering committee established
Staff involvement will help integrate community energy and emissions reduction strategies into municipal programs and decisions. Significant actions may require input, innovation, collaboration, and action by senior levels of government, businesses, and residents.
October 19, 2017 — Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) funding awarded
FCM’s Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) is a five-year, $75-million program designed to encourage Canadian municipalities to better prepare for and adapt to the new realities of climate change, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
May/June 2017 — Funding partnerships with BC Hydro and Vancouver Coastal Health
BC Hydro and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) have provided additional funding to support the CEEP project. These partnerships will add value by helping to advance energy efficient solutions and by facilitating a unique community health lens
The steps we followed to create our plan
The CEEP work plan involved four key phases:
Why we developed a community energy and emissions plan
Events linked to climate change — severe windstorms, drought, extreme rainfall, flooding, sea level rise — threaten our environment, social well-being, community health, and economic resiliency.
Because greenhouse gas emissions from our buildings and transportation are major contributors to climate change, we have an important role to play in helping to curb our emissions.
The CEEP is important because the decisions we make today — about where we live, how we move around, how we source our energy — will still be impacting our community decades from now.
Becoming an energy efficient community
The Community Energy and Emissions Plan will help us manage our community's contribution to climate change by reducing our carbon emissions. In doing so, it will also help us reach our Official Community Plan goal of becoming an energy efficient community.
Additional benefits in taking action now
Besides lowering our emissions, climate action will help address other important community needs:
- Clean air and community health — Reducing emissions will improve outdoor and indoor air quality
- Housing affordability — Designing energy efficient buildings will reduce costs to heat and power our homes
- Improved transportation — Creating more opportunities for walking and cycling will help ease traffic congestion
- Improve job opportunities — Advancing emissions reduction and renewable energy technologies can attract business investment and jobs in this growing industry
Where our emissions come from
Before we can reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, we need to understand where they come from. Our emissions originate from a variety of sources.
How we can reduce our emissions
The CEEP will provide a roadmap to guide long-term planning and action to curb community emissions in these areas:
As we create the CEEP, we will look for ways to help advance our other goals of improving our community’s overall well-being and economic security.
How the CEEP relates to other municipal plans and programs
Developing an effective strategy to address climate change requires:
- Mitigation — Preventing future climate change from happening by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions
- Adaptation — Becoming more resilient by preparing and responding to climate change
The Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) is a plan for mitigation.
The CEEP will complement both our Strategic Energy Management Plan (Corporate emissions mitigation plan) and Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, forming a comprehensive climate action strategy that is supported by key municipal plans and programs.
Recent municipal plans and programs
- Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, approved by District Council July 24, 2017
- BC Energy Step Code, enacted April, 2017
- Strategic Energy and Emissions Plan, 2015
- Official Community Plan (OCP), adopted in 2011 (includes emissions reductions target and climate action policies)
Plans and programs prior to 2010
- Community Climate Change Foundations report, 2009
- BC Building Code Update with upgraded energy efficiency standards, 2008
- Province of BC's Greenhouse Gas Reductions Target Act and Green Communities Act (Bill 27), 2007
- BC Climate Action Charter, 2007
- Provincial Community Energy and Emissions Inventory (CEEI), released 2007
- Provincial Gov’t Greenhouse Gas Reductions Target Act and Green Communities Act (Bill 27), 2007
- District joined the Partners for Climate Protection Program, 2001
Documents and related web content
December 2, 2019 — Council approval
- Staff report to Council (includes final CEEP report) (PDF; 16.8MB)
- Staff presentation to Council (PDF; .7MB)
October 28, 2019 — Final draft to Council
March 11, 2019 — Draft report to Council
Staff report with draft CEEP, starts on page 7 (PDF; 19.98MB)
January 15, 2019 — Update to Council
Staff report to Council, starts on page 127 (PDF; 18.4MB)
January 22, 2018 — Update to Council
Staff presentation to Council, starts on page 109 (PDF; 16.7MB)
Related plans and strategies
Roadmap to a sustainable future
Through our Official Community Plan (OCP) policies, we are fulfilling our community's vision of vibrant, sustainable neighbourhoods where everyone is welcomed and valued.
Our many social, environmental, and economic plans are helping us implement those policies.