The Province requires municipalities to include greenhouse gas reduction targets in their Official Community Plans. Based on Council’s direction, two targets have been drafted for the plan. The first, is a short-term, realistic target that is based on what could be achieved in the next five years by implementing the recommended draft actions:
“Reduce GHG emissions four per cent below 2007 levels by 2023 (equivalent to 28 per cent per capita reduction)”
The second, is a long-term, aspirational target that aligns with the provincial target and takes the long view and sets in motion many decades of progressive shifts.
“Reduce GHG emissions 80 per cent below 2007 levels by 2050 (equivalent to 90 per cent per capita reduction)”
It is recognized that this path may not be able to be solved with current technology and regulations, however there are many initiatives on the horizon that could be major game changers in reducing GHG emissions in the next few decades such as increasing electric vehicles and driverless shared vehicles.
What are your thoughts on the proposed targets?
Consultation has concluded and the Community Climate Action Plan was endorsed by Council. See https://www.kelowna.ca/our-community/environment/climate-action for more information.