For Immediate Release | March 20, 2017
St. Albert Committed to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The City of St. Albert has achieved the fourth milestone in the Partners for Climate Protection program (PCP). PCP is a partnership between the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and ICLEI — Local Governments for Sustainability. Since 2010, the City has been a voluntary member of PCP, which bases its program on a five-milestone framework that guides municipalities in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions in the community, as well as operations. The City of St. Albert has achieved four out of five milestones and is one of only five municipalities in Alberta to accomplish this.
The PCP milestones include completing a greenhouse gas inventory, setting emissions reduction targets and developing and implementing an action plan.
The targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions are included in the City’s Environmental Master Plan and progress is reported in the annual Report on the Environment:
- Reduce corporate (City) emissions to 20% below 2008 levels by 2020
- Reduce community emissions to 6% below 2008 levels by 2020
Actions to decrease energy use and greenhouse gas emissions for City operations include:
- Completing an energy and water audit for major city facilities
- Converting traffic and street lights to LED technology
- The purchase of electric buses for transit service
For the community target, actions focus on increasing compact, multi-use, transit-orientated developments, encourage the use of transit and active modes of transportation and increasing diversion of organics from landfills.
The City also supports events that promote energy conservation and awareness such as Earth Hour, Environment Week and Carpool Month. The City of St. Albert is joining the worldwide Earth Hour movement on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. The City has taken part in the event since 2008 and is encouraging residents to turn off their lights for one hour to help reduce energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and the impacts to climate change. Earth Hour aims to inspire and empower individuals, businesses and governments around the world to take action for the planet. It was started by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Australia in 2007.
Here are ways you can reduce your energy consumption during Earth Hour and beyond:
- Turn off your lights for one full hour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
- Turn off your lights whenever you leave the room
- Unplug your phone chargers, computers and other electronics when not in use as they continue to use electricity
Learn more about the City’s role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting energy conservation.
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