Leduc’s input needed for GHG emission reduction plan

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Leduc residents, businesses and stakeholders will be given various options over the next several months to share their views on the most effective ways for our community to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. GHG emissions are a leading cause of our changing climate, and the city has begun work to develop Leduc’s Local Action Plan for GHG Emission Reduction.

An online survey will be available at Leduc.ca/ourclimatesolutions from April 16 until June 4. The survey offers a convenient, efficient means of sharing views about local solutions to a global issue. The website also offers more details about development of the plan and the issue of our changing climate. Residents are encouraged to stop by the City of Leduc Environmental Services booth at the Leduc Business Expo and Trade Fair on April 14-15 to discuss the project and provide input.

“Leduc’s greenhouse gas emission reduction plan will be a made-in-Leduc solution. The plan will respect our unique local priorities and will take into account the lessons we have learned from our range of successful environmental initiatives and others who have tackled similar challenges,” says Leduc Mayor Bob Young. “The city needs to hear from the community to make this plan as effective as possible.”

The city has established strong foundations for development of the plan. Work to date includes:

  • approving a 10-year Weather and Climate Readiness Plan;
  • beginning to implement the Readiness Plan;
  • completing a baseline assessment of Leduc’s current GHG emissions; and
  • securing a $113,600 grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, with assistance from the Government of Canada, to develop the Local Action Plan for GHG Emission Reduction.

The city expects to finalize the GHG emission reduction plan in late 2018 after further consultation with the public and stakeholders, with final recommendations being presented to City Council by early 2019.

The changing climate means a long-term shift in weather conditions measured by changes in temperature, precipitation, wind, snow cover and other indicators, according to Environment Canada. It can involve changes in average and extreme conditions. Leduc’s mean annual temperature has increased 2.7oC over the past 30 years and is predicted to increase a further 2.0oC by the 2050s.

For more information, visit Leduc.ca/ourclimatesolutions, call the EcoSmart Hotline at 780-980-7107 or email ecosmart@leduc.ca.

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Lauren Wozny, Communications Officer