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Loyalist Township Sets Higher Target for Corporate Reduction in Greenhouse Gas

At the October 28, 2019 Council Meeting, Loyalist Township Council endorsed a 49% reduction in the Township’s corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2031. Establishing a target for the reduction of corporate GHG emissions is the second milestone component of the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) protocol.

Milestone 2 of the PCP framework involves developing and adopting GHG reduction targets as a % reduction from a baseline year. Staff developed two separate GHG reduction scenarios for Council’s consideration. The first involved setting a modest reduction targets of 28% below 2016 levels by 2031, while the second scenario provided a more aggressive target of 49% in the same time period. Council voted in favour of pursuing the more aggressive target of 49%.

“Loyalist Township is committed to being a municipal leader when it comes to tackling climate change. This new target demonstrates we’re willing to set ambitious goals and take action. Efficiency and innovation are critical to reducing emissions and energy consumption, while improving the quality of life for our residents,” stated Loyalist Township Mayor, Ric Bresee.

The staff report noted that although both targets present a significant reduction in the Township's GHG emissions, a large portion of these percentages can be attributed to the replacement of the Amherst Island Ferry to an electric vessel. The electric vessel for Amherst Island is one of two fully electric non-cable vessels the Province of Ontario is building. It’s expected the new electric Amherst Island Ferry will be delivered in 2020.

Loyalist Township enrolled in the PCP program at the October 23rd, 2017 Regular Session of Council. The PCP program empowers municipalities to take action against climate change by developing strategies to reduce GHGs and energy consumption. This is accomplished through a five-milestone framework which guides members in creating GHG inventories, setting realistic and achievable GHG reduction targets, developing local action plans, and implementing plans using specific, measurable actions to reduce emissions.