A revised strategy to help the city tackle climate change proposes a 10-year plan to increase renewable energy sources, reduce carbon emissions from transportation, make buildings more energy-efficient, and increase carbon capture.
“It's about accelerated and transformational change. This change will reimagine our energy systems and will transform our community and economy,” said Chandra Tomaras, the city's environmental project manager.
“There are 105 actions with various impact levels and funding requirements. The targets are our boldest to date. This plan is the first of its kind for Edmonton, and it's the first time Edmonton has targets aligned with the Paris Agreement.”
The revised Community Energy Transition Strategy was prompted by the city declaring a state of climate emergency in 2019, which included a request for city administration to re-examine “how to achieve a low-carbon future, to develop a funding strategy that would achieve the necessary investments in this space, and to implement a carbon accounting system for budgeting decisions and priorities,” deputy city manager Stephanie McCabe explained at a media availability on March 26.