MEET OUR CLIMATE COMMITMENTS
On the surface, the City of Victoria’s Climate Leadership Plan is a strong commitment to tackle climate change. While the City has made bold promises, it’s failed to follow through with actions. In 2007, the city promised to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020. So far city operations emissions have declined by only 14%.
As a prosperous and eco-conscious community, we must do better. It is not enough to set ambitious targets and leave actions for future generations; we must lock-in actions today to guarantee we achieve our climate targets and to provide affected businesses with certainty about the coming changes.
To hit our building emissions targets, the rate at which buildings are being retrofitted must double immediately. We will provide revitalization tax credits that would reduce the costs to stratas and rental building owners who renovate their buildings to reduce emissions and improve energy efficiency. We would also support increased adoption of the BC Energy Step Code to ensure our building emissions targets are met and significant renovations are incentivized to include removal of oil tanks and oil heating systems.
To hit our transportation emissions target we will need to increase the percentage of trips taken using the bus from 12% to 25% and make all buses renewable powered over the next 12 years. To achieve this, we need to have B.C. Transit purchase only renewable powered from this point onwards, and increase ridership through incentives and more rapid transit routes. We can also make it easier to own an electric car by requiring all new developments to include electric car charging stations in parking facilities.
It’s time to electrify the cruise ship terminal at Odgen Point. This will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and remove a longstanding air-quality and noise issue that hurts quality of life for James Bay residents.
In the next 12 years, we need to eliminate all organic waste going to the landfill, ensure methane produced by organic waste is collected for biogas energy, and divert the nutrients in waste to help grow food. When compost collection contracts are next up for review, proposals should be judged based on how vendors demonstrate they meet these objectives.
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