Climate change has been identified as one of the defining challenges of the 21st century by Natural Resources Canada. Based on scientific evidence, the primary cause of the Earth's changing climate is due to the surge in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from human activity. All across Canada, municipal governments are taking action to reduce GHG emissions and mitigate their effect on climate change. The implementation of these local GHG emissions reduction plans encourage municipalities to create tangible changes in their local communities, while together tackling a global concern.

In 2019, the City of Port Colborne became one of 64 municipalities across Canada, and one of five municipalities in Niagara, to receive a Climate Change Staff Grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities “Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program”. This staff grant funded a Climate Change Coordinator position for 24 months, whose task is to develop and implement a GHG Emissions Reduction Plan to assist City departments in reducing their GHG emissions.

See the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program website for more information.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan

Recognizing the impacts of climate change and the role that the City can play in decreasing GHG emissions, the City of Port Colborne's Greenhous Gas Emissions Reduction Plan (GGRP) commits to leading by example in its own corporate operations; adopting and demonstrating sustainable, energy conserving, climate change mitigation practices that are communicated and encouraged throughout the community. The City's corporate operation sectors include buildings, fleet, streetlights, and solid waste. The energy and emissions associated with these sectors are tracked in the corporate inventory. The City's GHG emissions inventory is based on operations from 2017, with the total being 1,730 tonnes of eCO2. An overall emissions reduction target of 10% by 2030 has been set, which is based on reductions targets as summarized here:

GHG emissions reduction initiatives

  • Lower targets (1.5 - 2.5% each

  • Building retrofits

  • Employee energy training

  • Waste diversion program

  • Energy efficiency standard commitment for new-builds

  • Higher targets (3 - 4% each)

  • Application of a Green Procurement Policy/Climate lens

See the City of Port Colborne Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan for details on how we hope to achieve our emissions reduction target.