The City of Regina was the third municipality in Canada to commit to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by signing onto the Partners for Climate Protection. This program was created by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI).
FCM's Partners for Climate Protection is a Five Milestone program
The first milestone requests the creation of a greenhouse gas inventory and forecast. The City of Regina has been maintaining corporate and community greenhouse gas calculations for over two decades.
This milestone involves setting an emissions reduction target. In 1994, Regina's City Council set a target to reduce community emisisons in Regina by 6% below 1990 levels by 2012. They also set a corporate emissions reduction target of 20% below 1990 levels by 2005 and further reductions of 1% each year until 2012. Corporate emissions came down approximately 5% between 1994 and 2008. In 2008, City Council revised the corporate emissions target to 15% below 1990 by 2012.
The next step is to develop a local action plan. In 2000, the City of Regina established the Green Ribbon Advisory Committee on Community Climate Change to create a plan with actions for the City, for partner organizations, and for other levels of government. Regina's Local Action Plan (LAP) is HERE
on the FCM website.
Milestone 4 is about implementing the Local Acton Plan (LAP). The City of Regina reported to FCM on the status of all initiatives in the plan, and was recognized for achieving this milestone in December 2014. The LAP update can be read HERE
The final milestone requests reporting on the results and progress from the LAP. The City of Regina was recognized by FCM on March 3, 2015 for completing the milestones and joining a leading group of 25 municiplaities that have achieved the fifth milestone. Regina's final report can be read HERE
, and Regina's "Going the Distance" Case Study
is on the FCM website.