City makes major strides in the fight against climate change – City of Mississauga
The City of Mississauga has released its first progress report on its Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) and is making great progress towards meeting its goals. The CCAP is a plan supported by important actions the City has taken and will take to address climate change.
The PACC progress report focuses on actions implemented since the approval of PACC. It also includes an overview of the city’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in recent years. As part of the PACC, the City has committed to reporting annually on its progress. Of the 89 actions of the PACC, approximately 65% of them are in progress or in progress and two actions have been completed.
“Municipalities like Mississauga are experiencing the impacts of climate change firsthand, with extreme weather conditions such as heat waves and storms every year. We recognize our role in fighting climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, ”said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Having an annual report to track our progress allows us to be transparent and accountable in achieving our goals. We have already replaced some of our buses with hybrid electric buses, installed more bike lanes and developed a green fleet and equipment policy and a standard for electric vehicle charging stations for the city. However, we cannot do it alone – we need our communities, businesses and all levels of government to come together to reduce the carbon footprint while continuing to advocate for climate action across sectors. “
Approved by Council in December 2019, the PACC is the City’s first comprehensive climate change plan. The plan presents a 10-year roadmap with two main objectives: to reduce GHGs by 40% by 2030 and by 80% by 2050; and increase the city’s resilience and capacity to resist and respond to climate events.
Here are some of the highlights from the progress report:
- Implement a corporate green building standard
- Lead a District Energy (DE) Feasibility Study for Downtown Mississauga and supporting DE at Lakeview Village
- Include information related to sustainable development and climate in financial reports
- Continue to divert dog waste from landfills through the dog waste program
- Installation of charging stations for electric vehicles, including installations intended for public use
- Development of a green policy in terms of fleet and equipment
- Meeting the challenge of young people on climate change
- Pursue the implementation of the City’s community garden program
- launched the Neutral project carbon calculator – a tool designed to help residents understand their own carbon footprint and ways to reduce emissions at home.
“The City has laid the groundwork for climate action to help reduce carbon emissions in Mississauga,” said Jodi Robillos, Commissioner, Community Services. “While the City has made progress, we also recognize that climate action must accelerate in order to meet our goals and limit the impacts of climate change. This includes reducing our corporate emissions, with a focus on our two biggest sources – city buildings and transit operations. “
The City will replace more of the older MiWay buses with new hybrid electric buses. Five new second-generation hybrid-electric buses (60ft) will be added to MiWay’s existing fleet – the first is already in service while the other four are expected in early 2022. This will increase the total number of hybrid-electric buses. to 41. In addition, the City will continue to explore other options for zero emission buses, such as hydrogen fuel cell electric buses.
To learn more about the City’s climate change action plan and progress report, visit: mississauga.ca/publication/climate-change-action-plan/
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