The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board has approved the 2017 CRD Regional Climate Action Strategy (RCAS). The RCAS will guide the CRD’s services to support community-focused climate mitigation and adaptation action over the next five years.
The RCAS was developed to align with federal, provincial and regional initiatives to increase opportunities for collaboration and partnership. It builds on the work being done by residents, businesses, local, federal and provincial governments and First Nations and serves as a resource for community leaders. Delivering the RCAS fulfills a CRD Board Strategic Priority and recognizes the necessity of taking strategic action on climate change.
Actions identified in the Strategy to reduce emissions include promoting compact and complete urban development, multimodal transportation, high-efficiency buildings, responsible waste management and the value of natural assets for their contributions to reducing emissions.
Actions to adapt to climate change include identifying vulnerabilities and supporting our communities and natural assets to prepare for and be resilient to climate change.
A key near-term action will be the release of the Climate Projections for the Capital Region report. It will describe projected changes in temperature and precipitation for the 2050s and 2080s, based on research from the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium.
Annually, the CRD will monitor and report on progress toward completion of actions in this strategy. After five years of implementation, the CRD will undertake a thorough review of the Regional Climate Action Strategy to update and determine what actions are needed to continue advancing the region’s climate mitigation and adaptation goals.