Energy and Greenhouse Gas Reduction

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The Goal

Increased renewable energy, reduce GHG production, and operational cost savings.

TARGET MEASURE BASELINE
Increase renewable energy production by the City of Whitehorse
5% increase by 2020 No energy currently produced by the City
Reduce City greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from 2014 level
10% by 2020 ...
Reduce per capita GHG emissions from 2014 levels 6% by 2020 ...
Reduce total GHG emissions from 2014 levels 0% decrease by 2020  ...

 

Rationale

Reducing GHGs is part of Whitehorse’s commitment to global sustainability. Decreasing non-renewable energy use and increasing renewable energy production lowers community risks associated with fossil fuel dependence and climate change, and lowers operating costs.

Jurisdiction

Medium. The City manages the landfill and its own energy-consuming facilities and infrastructure. The City enforces national energy efficiency standards for new buildings, operates transit, and educates on some GHG reduction activities. However, the City has limited influence on private and commercial transportation and existing buildings.

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Moderate: Some measures reduce energy and GHGs, such as transit investments, stricter efficiency requirements for buildings, various actions to encourage transportation mode shift, and creation of an energy tracker for City facilities.