District of Saanich
Canada

Population: 109752
Area of jurisdiction: 103.44 km2

Commitments

  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: 33% by 2020 (2007) 50% by 2020 (2007)
Baseline scenario (BAU) GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Fixed-level GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Carbon intensity reduction target: n/a n/a
Renewable energy target: n/a n/a
Energy efficiency target: n/a n/a
Government and Community: CO2(e) targets

Performance

Community GHG Emissions
Total ( n/a ):  0 tCO2e
Government GHG Emissions
Total ( 2014 ):  4,778 tCO2e

Other available GHG inventories: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Mitigation actions

(Pending for 2016) Installation of low carbon boiler system at Gordon Head Recreation Centre
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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(Pending for 2016) Assess the Feasibility of 100% RE in Municipal Buildings by 2025
  Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Looking for Funding
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Greener Garbage - New Kitchen Scraps (Compost) Collection Service
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Sustainable Saanich Official Community Plan
The Municipality updates the Official Community Plan approximately every 10 years. However, the 2008 version is unique because of its extensive commitment to sustainability and climate action. The plan includes specific objectives and policies regarding planning and land use management through a sustainability lens. Specifically, the Plan encourages a focus on increasing density in "centres and villages" in response to earlier residential housing sprawl. The plan also provides a range of other commitments related to climate changes (GHG targets) and the natural environment. Attachment not working, document can be found here: http://www.saanich.ca/living/community/ocp/ocp_adopted_jul808_amended_aug1715.pdf Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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EV Pooled Fleet
Saanich pooled fleet vehicles with the first 4 vehicles switched to EVs. The EVs are used 85% of the time in the pooled fleet. UPDATE: Saanich has purchased new electric vehicles in 2015 that will bring the total to 9 EVs. Start year 2013
Sector Transport
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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TapbyTap Showerhead Exchange Program
Free low-flow showerheads were provided to residents to reduce hot water consumption. Project was piloted in Saanich and is now used Province wide. Significant water savings were also achieved. Start year 2010
Sector Residential
Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
Status Completed
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Carbon Champions Program
Program's goal is too engage residents to take action and provide the tools they need to do so. Start year 2011
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Community Carbon Calculator and Fund Project
Carbon calculator provides residents with tool to determine carbon footprint and donate to a carbon offsetting alternative. Local residents have donated to the Saanich Community Carbon Fund to support climate action school curriculum projects. Two local middle schools, Lansdowne and Arbutus Global, joined in WildBC’s year long program, Science In Action, with a focus on climate change and sustainable action projects. Student learning was supported through teacher training and curriculum resources. Fund can also now be used to help plant trees in Saanich. Start year 2009
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Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
Status In progress
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Community Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Installed 12 EV stations in key locations throughout the community to support the adoption of electric vehicles, including way-finding signage. Uptake will be evaluated April 1, 2014 UPDATE: In 2015, Saanich was the first municipality in the region to install a DC fast charging station that can fully charge an EV in less than 30 minutes. www.plugshare.com This was a unique partnership between the District, BC Hydro (electrical utility) and a commercial retail centre. Start year 2012
Sector Transport
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Saanich Carbon Fund
Our most significant initiative, the Carbon Fund is a leading edge alternative to purchasing carbon offsets. In this model, carbon accounting is completely integrated into our budgeting process and departments are responsible for their own footprint and contribute to the Fund each year based on their emissions. They can then access this fund for GHG reducing projects. Our community has decided to use these funds to invest in the carbon resiliency of our municipality instead of sending the money to offsetting projects. Start year 2007
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Type Fiscal/Financial mechanism
Status In progress
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Saanich Community Sustainability Grants
Grants to support community developed and implemented GHG reductions. Community based action is hard to quantify. Start year 2012
Sector Residential
Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
Status In progress
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Fleet Centre Heating Improvements
Improvements to building and heating system. Start year 2009
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Heating Oil Removal in Operations
Removing high carbon intensity heating oil systems from smaller buildings. Another 50 tonnes will be removed by the end of 2015.. Start year 2010
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Electric Ice Resurfacer
Replaced propane system. Start year 2010
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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E3 Fleet Program Initiatives
A combination of right-sizing vehicles, integrated hybrid and electric vehicles and behaviour change. Start year 2006
Sector Transport
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
File download
Solar Hot Water System at Gordon Head Recreaction Centre
Provided hot water to recreation centre showers. Start year 2008
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Saanich Climate Action Plan
Plan provides complete approach to mitigation of GHG emissions in municipal operations and for the community. Start year 2010
Sector  
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Adaptation actions

Sea Level Rise Mapping and Policy Options
A two-phase sea level rise project was completed which included 1) mapping of potentially impacted areas using various scenarios and 2) a review of policy options for the municipality to consider to address pending sea level rise impacts. Start year  
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Type Assessment/Research
Status Completed
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Saanich Adaptation Plan
Plan provides complete approach to climate change adaptation in municipal operations and for the community. Start year 2011
Sector  
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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