Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) 2050

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Project Update, May 2022: The current phase of public engagement has concluded. Thanks to all who shared their input! A summary of engagement activities and feedback is provided here.

Next Steps: The City is currently drafting the CEEP and integrating what we heard through community and stakeholder engagement. When the draft is ready, it will be posted here for community review before a finalized version is brought to Council for adoption in fall 2022. Please stay tuned for the draft CEEP, and more opportunities to participate!


Background

Recognizing the importance of addressing climate change, New Westminster City Council adopted a Climate Emergency Declaration in 2019, committing the City to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the community to 45% by 2030, 65% by 2040, and 100% by 2050. In response to the climate emergency, the City established its Seven Bold Steps, which is guiding the process of moving the community towards a zero-carbon future by 2050.


Project Description and Objectives

The City is developing its new Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) 2050 that will set a roadmap towards reducing energy consumption and GHG emissions throughout the community over the next 30 years.

The CEEP builds on New Westminster’s achievements through implementation of the 2011 CEEP, which had set a target to reduce community-wide emissions by 30% by 2030. Since then, climate experts have called for bolder climate action and the new CEEP 2050 will help guide the City towards achieving its new and more ambitious 2050 emission reduction targets.

The CEEP 2050 is intended to become the primary or overarching document for the community’s energy and emissions planning, and it will directly support the implementation of the Seven Bold Steps through the identification of energy and emission reduction opportunities, actions, and strategies. The plan will inform decision-making related to land use planning, waste management, sustainable transportation, and energy infrastructure and utility systems for the City over the next 30 years.


Community Engagement

The City conducted a variety of engagement activities from October 2021 to February 2022 to gather input on the CEEP development. This phase of community engagement has concluded. Input during this engagement helped shaped the focus of the plan and the climate action priorities.

Click here to read more about the community consultation conducted and key findings.

The next opportunity for the community to provide input will be on the draft CEEP. The feedback received in this stage of consultation will be considered as final changes made to the CEEP before it is presented to Council for adoption. Stay tuned! When the draft is ready it will be posted here.


Project Update, May 2022: The current phase of public engagement has concluded. Thanks to all who shared their input! A summary of engagement activities and feedback is provided here.

Next Steps: The City is currently drafting the CEEP and integrating what we heard through community and stakeholder engagement. When the draft is ready, it will be posted here for community review before a finalized version is brought to Council for adoption in fall 2022. Please stay tuned for the draft CEEP, and more opportunities to participate!


Background

Recognizing the importance of addressing climate change, New Westminster City Council adopted a Climate Emergency Declaration in 2019, committing the City to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the community to 45% by 2030, 65% by 2040, and 100% by 2050. In response to the climate emergency, the City established its Seven Bold Steps, which is guiding the process of moving the community towards a zero-carbon future by 2050.


Project Description and Objectives

The City is developing its new Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) 2050 that will set a roadmap towards reducing energy consumption and GHG emissions throughout the community over the next 30 years.

The CEEP builds on New Westminster’s achievements through implementation of the 2011 CEEP, which had set a target to reduce community-wide emissions by 30% by 2030. Since then, climate experts have called for bolder climate action and the new CEEP 2050 will help guide the City towards achieving its new and more ambitious 2050 emission reduction targets.

The CEEP 2050 is intended to become the primary or overarching document for the community’s energy and emissions planning, and it will directly support the implementation of the Seven Bold Steps through the identification of energy and emission reduction opportunities, actions, and strategies. The plan will inform decision-making related to land use planning, waste management, sustainable transportation, and energy infrastructure and utility systems for the City over the next 30 years.


Community Engagement

The City conducted a variety of engagement activities from October 2021 to February 2022 to gather input on the CEEP development. This phase of community engagement has concluded. Input during this engagement helped shaped the focus of the plan and the climate action priorities.

Click here to read more about the community consultation conducted and key findings.

The next opportunity for the community to provide input will be on the draft CEEP. The feedback received in this stage of consultation will be considered as final changes made to the CEEP before it is presented to Council for adoption. Stay tuned! When the draft is ready it will be posted here.

  • What We Heard: Community Engagement

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    Community members and industry representatives were engaged from October 2021 to February 2022 to provide input on climate action initiatives that would support the City's climate emergency targets. Click here to view the engagement summary drafted by the project consultant, Sustainability Solutions Group.


    Engagement Included:

    • a community survey,
    • an ideas board,
    • an online workshop with equity-denied community members and organizations,
    • consultation with the City's Environment and Climate Advisory Committee,
    • direct outreach with targeted industry professionals and researchers, and
    • a workshop with building and development industry representatives, community climate activists and organizations, and others.


    Summary of Feedback

    • Support for building energy efficiency retrofits, including electrifying buildings by using heat pumps.
    • Support for more locally-generated renewable energy, such as community solar gardens or solar panels on buildings.
    • Support for enhancing active transportation infrastructure, such as protected bike lanes and secured bike parking at high-frequency destinations to encourage bike trips.
    • Greater support for making transit more convenient, affordable and accessible, than for encouraging the use of electric vehicles.
    • Design City programs and incentives to better reach equity-denied groups with financial and structural barriers (e.g. renters are not able to retrofit their buildings/ apartments and are impacted by decisions made by building owners).
    • Reducing electricity rates for low-income populations would help address energy poverty.


Page last updated: 02 Jun 2022, 05:30 PM