Mississauga’s first climate action plan was approved by council on December 4. Going forward there will be actions required to be taken by the city, residents and businesses in the municipality toward limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 C.
The plan first aims to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in the city by 40 per cent by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. By 2050, the plan targets an 80 per cent total reduction on 1990 levels.
The plan is for eventually becoming carbon neutral, meaning producing zero carbon after reductions and measures to remove GHGs from the atmosphere.
The operations of the City of Mississauga produced 72,000 tonnes of eCO2 in 2015, according to the plan.
Sixty-seven per cent of City of Mississauga GHG emissions come from the city’s transit vehicles. To curb those emissions, the plan calls for big investments, including $195.2 million to change MiWay’s buses to hybrid and electric, and $100 million in upgrades to allow charging in bus depots.
GHGs from private buildings, including businesses and homes, represent the largest non-city emissions. The plan has several actions related to the city’s new Green Building Standard encouraging new developments to increase energy efficiency and implement heating and cooling systems powered by low-carbon and renewable sources. -CINEWS