The Waterloo Region community has committed to a greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target of 6% below 2010 levels by 2020.
Waterloo Region prides itself on being forward thinking, visionary, and innovative. In so many areas of our community this is the case, and the ClimateActionWR plan and program is just one of the ways that we are working towards being the best Waterloo Region we can be.
The Climate Action Plan has set a 6% carbon reduction target for 2020, over our 2010 base line year. This target is ambitious, but achievable, and we at the Region of Waterloo are proud to support this program in partnership with City of Cambridge, City of Kitchener and City of Waterloo. The action needed reaches beyond municipalities, and we are working with partners across the region to meet this target.
We should all be proud to be part of a community that is working to reduce its impact on the environment, and we all have a role to play. I encourage you to read through this website, reach out and get involved. Let’s work together to continue making Waterloo Region great. ”
What does the target mean?
- Baseline year – 2010
- Target year – 2020
- Scope – Transportation, Workplaces, Homes, Agriculture & Food, Waste
- Location – all areas within the boundaries of Waterloo Region
- It’s ambitious – reducing absolute emissions by 842,000 tonnes of GHG by 2020, despite population growth
- It’s achievable – there are important projects in our community that will help us reach this goal
How will we get there?
- A harmonized approach – the Climate Action Plan is the hub of existing policies, programs and activities led by both the community at-large and local government
- The contributors – it will take all levels of government, organizations and residents to make this a reality:
- Reductions from federal and provincial regulations are expected to account for two-thirds of our target (585,784 tonnes)
- Our community will work together to achieve the remaining reduction through:
- the Actions (Actions are projects and programs identified in the plan that are moving forward to achieve reductions) quantified in the Climate Action Plan (184,739 tonnes); and,
- increased uptake of existing Actions as well as new innovative initiatives (71,625 tonnes)
When will we know how we’re doing?
- 2010 – our baseline year GHG inventory
- 2015 – the halfway point when we will do a check of our progress. Re-inventory will be completed in 2016 to capture the whole five years
- 2020 – the target deadline. Re-inventory will be completed in 2021 to be a complete view of the 10 year target!
- Progress Snapshots - we release updates every 6 months to share with the community the progress made by our actions