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2013 Energy Plans

City of Kelowna, British Columbia

Community Climate Action Plan and Corporate Energy and GHG Emissions Plan

Population: 117,312
Project duration: 2010–2012
Total project value: $156,000

The City of Kelowna developed a Community Climate Action Plan and a Corporate Energy and GHG Emissions Plan to reduce GHG emissions below 2007 levels.

In developing the community plan, the city consulted widely and identified 87 actions to reduce emissions by 33 per cent by 2020. Over half the actions aim to reduce transportation emissions, the largest source of GHGs in Kelowna. The city is leading 59 of the 87 actions and has begun work on 42 of these. Other stakeholders are responsible for the remaining 28 community actions.

The corporate plan targets energy used by the municipality's facilities and fleet. A consultant worked with municipal staff and local utility provider FortisBC to find ways to reduce corporate GHG emissions by 22 per cent by 2017.

This project received support from FCM's Green Municipal Fund (GMF 10282).

Results

Environmental

Economic

Social

  • Community actions aim to reduce GHG emissions by 33% by 2020
  • Corporate emissions are already near 2007 baseline
  • Corporate Energy Plan has significantly reduced operating costs
  • Corporate plan leveraged a $1.5 million grant to improve energy efficiency
  • Healthier working environments for 850 city employees
  • Active transportation options and better air quality benefit citizens' health

Challenges

  • Lack of understanding of the benefits of reducing energy use and GHGs and competing staff priorities made corporate support difficult to obtain at the beginning of the project.
  • A civic election near the completion of the community plan brought changes to city council and concerns about interfering with the adoption of the previous council's initiatives.
  • Tracking results will be more challenging in the future due to changes in the provincial methodology for community energy and emissions inventories and new baseline levels for community emissions.

Lessons learned

  • Consult with all municipal departments to obtain support for the plan's implementation.
  • Use a shared directory, with consolidated input and comments from all departments, to increase collaboration and reduce editing time.
  • Include consequences in consultant contracts to maintain established project timelines.
  • Develop comprehensive baseline data in the early stages for better decision-making later on.
  • Use the corporate plan to direct where the municipality can save energy. In January 2012, corporate emissions were already near 2007 levels — a success that has generated more support for the plan.

Partners and collaboration

Resources

Page Updated: 21/12/2015