Loyalist Township Recognized for Efforts Towards Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
July 11, 2019 (Odessa, Ontario) – Loyalist Township has been awarded Milestone 1 of the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program for its efforts towards reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and acting on climate change.
The award presented by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is part of a five-step framework that helps municipalities in reducing GHG emissions over the next 10 years. To achieve Milestone 1, municipalities are required to create a GHG emission inventory and forecast. The inventory helps municipalities track emissions and spending while gathering money-saving information and measuring progress over time. Having a forecast enables the municipalities to project future emissions based on assumptions about population, economic growth and fuel mix.
“By placing an emphasis on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Loyalist Township has, and will continue to take steps to improve air quality and positively impact the health of our population,” stated Loyalist Township Mayor, Ric Bresee. “I would like to commend our staff for their demonstrated leadership in seeking environmentally sustainable opportunities. Loyalist staff have worked diligently to complete the inventory and forecast. These tools are integral to making the most informed decisions on managing our energy efficiently and sustainably. It’s important to recognize the impact local action can have on global issues.”
Loyalist Township first joined the PCP program on October 24th, 2017. To achieve Milestone 2, municipalities must set an emission reduction target. Targets typically consist of a target for municipally owned operations and a separate target for community-wide emissions.
The Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program is a network of Canadian municipal governments that have committed to reducing greenhouse gases and to acting on climate change. Since the program's inception in 1994, over 300 municipalities have joined PCP, making a public commitment to reduce emissions. PCP membership covers all provinces and territories and accounts for more than 65 per cent of the Canadian population.