Community Energy and Emissions

The Climate Action Strategy will include a variety of actions to reduce community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy use. The Strategy will provide guidance for future decision making in the community by setting short and long term goals for energy use and GHG emissions, along with targets, strategies and actions for meeting those goals.

Why reduce energy use and emissions?

Canadians are among the most intensive users of energy in the world. Our cooler climate, geographically dispersed population and resource-based economy play a role in our consumption of energy. Despite these challenges, there are many reasons to reduce our consumption and improve our energy efficiency.

  • Healthier, resilient and sustainable communities
    Part of becoming more energy efficient is building compact, complete communities. This results in more livable, walkable neighbourhoods, and helps to protect farmland and natural areas.
  • Reduce energy costs
    Energy bills can be significantly reduced by implementing energy efficiency measures (e.g. lighting upgrades or efficient building practices)
  • Lower vulnerability to energy markets
    Reducing our dependence on fossil fuels helps to decrease our vulnerability to fluctuating energy supply and pricing over time. Introducing local energy systems is one strategy.
  • Reduce the global impacts of climate change 
    We have a responsibility to manage our emissions and work together to minimize our individual impacts on the global ecosystem. Climate change is expected to have serious negative impacts on global economic growth and development, as well as on our health, safety, and environment. It is vital that we act now to reduce our risk.

Where are we now?

Community emissions increased 17% between 2007 and 2017, primarily due to population growth. Though emissions per person have decreased, our emissions are still above the global average. The Climate Action Strategy will set strong targets to ensure that we align with local, federal and global goals for emission reductions.

Emissions Graph

What creates emissions in our community?

In the Township of Langley, most of our greenhouse gas emission come from the transportation, buildings and agriculture sectors.

Emissions Breakdown

To address these areas, actions to reduce emissions in our community will be focused on:

  • Buildings: Maximize energy efficiency and reduce the emissions of our homes, businesses and institutions
  • Transportation: Minimize our vehicle travel and support walking, cycling, transit, and low-carbon vehicles
  • Solid Waste: Reduce, re-use, recycle, and recover energy from waste
  • Local Food and Agriculture: Have locally produced food widely available, in great demand and produced with the smallest carbon footprint possible
  • Land Use: Plan communities that contain compact, walkable, mixed-use neighbourhoods that are energy efficient and include a variety of transportation options
  • Energy Supply: Encourage local energy supplies that are clean and renewable

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