Taking action on climate change

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To mitigate climate impacts, our community needs to significantly reduce emissions within the next few decades through effective land use planning. In Kelowna, transportation is the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) emissions. Building and retrofitting energy efficient buildings and prioritizing more efficient waste management systems will also help our community do our part in fighting global climate change – while also reducing household energy costs, and creating a healthier, more livable city.

Key directions to achieve this vision include: 

  • Transitioning to 100% renewable energy by 2050
  • Improving energy efficiency in new and existing buildings
  • Reducing our GHG emissions by 80% by 2050
    • Supporting low-carbon transportation options like cycling or electric vehicles
    • Limiting growth in car-dependent areas, such as suburban hillsides, and investing in active transportation and transit networks
  • Prepare for and become resilient to the impacts of climate change by improving vulnerable infrastructure and adapting to extreme weather events
  • Collaborating with syilx/Okanagan People to incorporate Indigenous knowledge in climate change action

Questions for discussion

  1. What do you like about the key directions?
  2. How might these key directions be improved? 
  3. Is there anything missing?
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