Our Progress, Our Path
In 2017, ClimateActionWR completed a re-inventory of our community’s carbon footprint and reported the findings in Our Progress, Our Path. It outlines changes in our community’s carbon footprint between 2010 and 2015, and also promotes taking climate action. Read the report below!
Our community has reduced emissions by 5.2% between 2010 and 2015! Reductions in emissions related to workplaces and homes are responsible for most of this decrease, as local efforts to improve efficiency and reduce consumption have complemented the impact of the provincial phase-out of coal from our electricity grid. Countering these reductions, local transportation emissions grew substantially as vehicle ownership rose at twice the rate of population growth and resulted in more vehicles on the road per person than in 2010.
Every six months we release an update, which highlights the progress made by actions in the Climate Action Plan. Check here to see some of our past milestones.
Our 2010 Carbon Footprint
ClimateActionWR's target of 6% below 2010 levels by 2020 is based on an inventory of Waterloo Region's GHG emissions completed in May of 2012. This community-scale inventory shows the “carbon footprint” of Waterloo Region through local energy use, fuel consumption, and methane released from our landfill and local livestock.
Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Forecast Report for Waterloo Region
In May of 2012, ClimateActionWR completed a community-scale GHG emissions inventory for Waterloo Region using 2010 as a base year. This report summarizes the inventory process, GHG emissions data collected and 10-year emission forecast out to the year 2020. The inventory shows the “carbon footprint” of Waterloo Region through local energy use, traffic volume, waste sent to landfill, and some agricultural activities. The report was updated in March 2013 to reflect a reassessment of the transportation sector emissions.