What are your thoughts on the actions proposed to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Resilient St. John's Community Climate Plan?
Climate change is an urgent, complex, and global crisis, with many of its impacts already affecting our community and more expected to become a reality before children born in 2021 become 30 years old. However, its relatively long timeline and the required level of community-wide change makes it a challenge to rapidly transition to a society and economy that can limit climate change's impact to reasonable levels (to 1.5 C). Collective effort across our community is needed to contribute our part to limiting climate change to 1.5 C. This can be done by improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions which would improve our current energy poverty issues while preventing the worst projected changes in climate from becoming a reality.
Currently St. John's emits 789,417 tCO2e (tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent). Modelling results show that if no additional policies, actions, or strategies to address energy use and emissions are implemented other than those currently underway or planned, this total decreases to 573,307 tCO2e. The decrease results from fuel efficiency standards in vehicles, planned renewable energy of the provincial electricity grid, and reduced heating needs as the climate warms. St. John's needs to reduce its annual emissions to 380,000 tCO2e by 2030 to align with efforts to reduce global warming by 1.5 C and to Net-Zero by 2050 at the latest.
The local analysis shows that this transition provides an opportunity to create an economic net benefit of $5.4 billion including new business opportunities, 1,800 new jobs, improving built environment, reducing household energy costs by up to 50%, while stimulating innovation and improving health outcomes. The investment required across our community would be the equivalent of 6.7% of our provincial GDP or 12% of the St. John's CMA's GDP per year. Climate action is not just about avoiding the human and environmental crisis of climate change; it's about cashing in on significant new local, national, and global economic opportunities.
Five key focus areas for action in the Resilient St. John’s Community Climate Plan to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions were identified through a combination of consultation with the public and through technical modelling.
- Municipal leadership and planning
- Affordable and efficient buildings for all
- Transportation transformation
- Clean energy for resilience
- Low-waste future
Review the report including the proposed actions within these themes and have your say in the discussion below.
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