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Cumberland’s Climate Action Commitment to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

This page was last reviewed on September 15, 2017.

Since 2014, the Village of Cumberland has been recognized each year as a ‘Climate Action Community’ by the joint Provincial-UBCM Green Communities Committee and awarded Level 4 recognition – ‘Achievement of Carbon Neutrality’ – for efforts to reduce corporate greenhouse gas emissions and offset corporate emissions. MCSPB-EnviroLevel-Clings-Sept2017_LEVEL 4

By signing on to the BC Climate Action Charter in 2010, Cumberland committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the community, to becoming carbon neutral, and creating a complete, compact and energy-efficient community. In so doing, the Village must measure and report on the community’s greenhouse gas emissions profile.

Carbon Offset Purchases

Each year, the Village of Cumberland measures carbon emissions related directly to the activities of the Village. Carbon Neutral_company_4C

For 2016, the inventory of emissions amounted to 425 tCO2e (equivalent tonnes of CO2). This is an increase from 2015, mainly due to the Dunsmuir construction project, which required over 90 000 litres of fuel. The full year of organic waste composting has been estimated to have reduced overall community emissions by 137 tCO2e.

In order to meet the Climate Action Charter carbon neutral commitment, the Village of Cumberland purchased carbon offsets for the net emissions of 288 tCO2e from the Quadra Island Forest Land Conversion Project located on Quadra Island, BC.

BC Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program

The BC Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) is a conditional grant program offered by the BC government that provides funding to Climate Action Charter signatories equivalent to 100 percent of the carbon taxes they pay directly. This funding supports Cumberland in its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and move forward on achieving Charter goals.

Cumberland reports annually to the Province on its actions and inventory, and progress toward meeting climate action goals.

2016 Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program Report

Corporate Climate Action Plan

In 2013, Cumberland also completed a Corporate Climate Action Plan which explores opportunities to reduce GHG emissions associated with Village operations, makes recommendations for action, and quantifies the likely costs and benefits of the most significant actions.

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