Greenhouse Gas Reduction
Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) are gases that allow the sun’s rays to pass through and warm the earth, but prevent the warmth from escaping earth’s atmosphere. These gases are naturally occurring, and allow life to be sustained on earth; however, with the rapid increase of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide through the burning of fossil fuels, our climate is slowly changing. To limit the damage, Gibsons is committed to reducing our Greenhouse emissions. In early 2014, the Town of Gibsons Council endorsed the Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) to be included in the Official Community Plan Update and this plan is aiming to reduce total community wide GHG emissions by a target of 7% below the 2007 levels, to be reached by 2030. This target can be reached in a variety of different ways, including developing or promoting building efficiency.
Available rebates for homeowners
The following rebates from BC Hydro and Fortis BC, will help to insulate your home, while helping you save money.
BC Hydro and Fortis BC are working with the Town of Gibsons residents to offer rebates on a variety of home energy upgrades. For more information on how to participate click here
1. If your home is electrically heated, visit www.bchydro.com/homerebates
2. If your home is heated by natural gas, visit www.fortisbc.com/homerebates
3. Product Incentive Program for BC Hydro commercial customers, visit www.bchydro.com/incentives
4. Commercial customer rebates for Fortis BC, visit www.fortisbc.com/goodforbusiness
5. Fortis BC for residential offers, visit www.fortisbc.com/offers
Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program
Climate action is a key provincial priority and local governments such as the Town of Gibsons are key partners in helping to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and create complete, compact and energy-efficient communities. The Town signed on to the BC Climate Action Charter and every year makes an application for a refund of carbon taxes paid (an amount of approximately $ 2,500). In the carbon tax calculation form you can see that 60% of the Town’s fuel for vehicles is biodiesel. Another part of this application is a report on Town initiatives for corporate and community wide green house gas reduction. Click here for the 2014 report. Moreover, the Town has submitted a Carbon Neutral Progress Survey. The Town is considering developing a Carbon Neutral Plan in the near future, and updating the 2009 emissions inventory, in order to measure progress towards carbon neutrality of municipal operations.
The Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) has evaluated the existing use and greenhouse gas emissions for the entire Town of Gibsons, with the goal of reducing energy consumption and emissions. The Plan outlines strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve efficiency while increasing a local renewable energy supply.
The plan includes a reduction target of 7% below the measured 2007 levels by 2030. This is the same target as the Sunshine Coast Regional District. If we look at this reduction in terms of money, the overall community energy costs are expected to be reduced by $1.4 million/year by 2020 if all initiatives are successfully implemented.
The overall plan can be seen here.