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Partners for Climate Protection Program

Why is positive action important?

Gases that trap heat in the atmosphere are known as greenhouse gases. Some (but not all) greenhouse gases occur naturally, and are emitted to the atmosphere through natural processes. But increasingly, human activities are causing significant additional levels of greenhouse gases to be released into the atmosphere, including carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and fluorinated gases.

Higher levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are causing climate changes - to our weather, wind patterns, the amount and type of precipitation and the types and frequency of severe weather events. The implications of climate change are serious and could cause:

  • warmer average temperatures
  • changes in precipitation patterns
  • increased evaporation from surface waters such as lakes and streams
  • increases in extreme weather events and weather variability
  • sea level rise and stronger coastal storm surges
  • reduced snow pack, shrinkage of the polar ice cap, and most glaciers

What is the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) Program?

The Partners for Climate Protection Program is a network of Canadian municipal governments that have committed to reducing greenhouse gases and acting on climate change.  The City of Pickering is one of over 200 municipalities that are members of this network.

The PCP program is based on a 5 milestone framework:

  1. Completion of a greenhouse gas (GHG) and energy use inventory, and forecast for the community and municipal operations
  2. Setting local GHG reduction targets
  3. Development of a Local Action Plan to meet established reduction targets
  4. Implementation of actions identified in an adopted Local Action Plan
  5. Monitoring and measurement of actions and results

What has the City accomplished so far?

We have completed the first three milestones of the program and are now working on milestone 4 and 5.

Municipal Targets

The City has established per capita energy consumption and corresponding per capita GHG emissions reduction targets for municipal operations and an action plan to meet these targets.

2016 municipal/capita energy consumption target 50% reduction from 1995 levels

2016 municipal/capita GHG emissions target 22% reduction from 1995 levels

To meet this target, the City must reduce corporate energy and GHG emissions by 3.9% per capita reduction in energy and GHG emissions each year until 2016.

Community Targets

2016 community/capita energy consumption target 35% reduction relative to 1995 levels

2016 community/capita GHG emissions target 19% reduction relative to 1995 levels

To meet this target, Pickering residents and businesses must reduce per-capita energy consumption by 4.5% per year until 2016.

In 2012, the City will develop a detailed action plan that will help reduce community energy consumption and GHG emissions, particularly in the high-priority industrial, commercial, institutional and transportation sector.

Want to learn more?

A Report was released in 2010 about the City's progress in reducing energy consumption and GHG emissions, both on a corporate and community level. Check out the results.