City of Kimberley Recognized for Climate Action Commitment

September 3, 2019

KIMBERLEY, BC – The City of Kimberley has been recognized by the Provincial Green Communities Committee (GCC) formed by the Province of British Columbia and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities. Kimberley has been awarded Level 3 recognition for ‘Accelerating Progress on Charter Commitments’ made to undertake significant corporate and community-wide climate action to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Having already received Level 1 and Level 2 status for previous reductions in GHGs, the City was glad to meet this next level of recognition for efforts. In a letter to City Mayor and Council, the GCC congratulated the City on continuously improving on achievements and applauds its leadership in their on-gong commitment to the goal of carbon neutrality.

“By signing the Climate Action Charter, the City has made a commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions,” said Scott Sommerville, City Chief Administrative Officer. “This is important work and while accolades are always great to receive, we have even more work to do to meet our goals. We look forward to sharing those updates as we see more progress on climate action.”

The City’s Official Community Plan includes a target of a 33% reduction in corporate GHG emissions by 2020 over the 2007 baseline, and supports initiatives to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions by 6% from 2007 levels by 2020. In 2018, the total annual corporate emissions were 1,184 tCO2e, representing a 5.4% reduction from the previous year and a total 21.6% reduction from the 2007 baseline. The attached chart outlines progress to date. To find out all of the ways the City of Kimberley is working to meet the 33% goal, residents can view the entire report on the City of Kimberley website through this link: http://bit.ly/KimberleyCARIP

The GCC was established under the Climate Action Charter to support local governments in achieving their climate goals. In acknowledgement of the efforts of local leaders, the GCC recognizes the progress and achievements local governments make through the multi-level Climate Action Reduction Program. For more information on this and other climate action initiatives visit www.gov.bc.ca.

For further information, please contact Troy Pollock, Manager of Planning at 250-427-9664 or by email at tpollock@kimberley.ca.

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