Prince Edward County Council has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting from municipal operations and services by 20 per cent before 2033, with the base year being 2019. Council also solidified its commitment to achieving carbon neutrality for the municipality by 2050.
To attain these ambitious goals, municipal staff are set to craft a comprehensive action plan. This plan will serve as the roadmap for achieving the targeted 20 per cent reduction in emissions. The community, including residents and stakeholders, will actively participate in this process, ensuring broad engagement in the efforts to curb emissions.
Council’s resolve to tackle climate change gained momentum in 2019 when a climate emergency was declared. In response to this emergency, and in a bid to take decisive action against climate change, the municipality joined the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program in 2021. This program offers a strategic five-step framework, enabling municipalities to develop and implement action plans aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions both within the municipality’s operations and throughout the community.
A pivotal step in this endeavour involves the formation of a dedicated Climate Action Plan Working Group. This group, operating under the auspices of the Environmental Advisory Committee, will focus on creating a community-based action plan. Details about this working group and the recruitment process will soon be available on the County’s official website, encouraging active participation from local residents and interested stakeholders.
The momentum for this initiative was bolstered by a staff report, presented during the Council meeting on Oct. 24. This report shed light on the Partners for Climate Protection program and its crucial milestones. The report is available online, providing residents and interested parties with in-depth information about the County’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
Stay tuned for further updates as the municipality advances toward its green and sustainable future.