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Winnipeg's Climate Action Plan: Planning for Climate Change. Acting for People.

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who participated in our public engagement session on November 10 at the University of Winnipeg, and our Online Ideas Jam on November 28. Please refer to our 'Engage' tab below for upcoming engagement opportunities.

Recognizing that climate change is a serious global environmental problem, the City of Winnipeg is moving forward to develop a community climate action plan, an initiative called the Winnipeg Climate Action Plan: Planning for Climate Change. Acting for People. The City will build on the work already completed in A Sustainable Winnipeg (2011) by focusing on long-term goals achieved through a series of short-term actions. The City is committed to developing a plan that will address the community's challenges and opportunities with respect to global climate change, establish targets for emissions reductions, and provide recommendations for new and enhanced policies, programs and actions to achieve those.

Engage

Thank you to everyone who participated in our public engagement session on November 10 at the University of Winnipeg, and our Online Ideas Jam on November 28. Please check back for upcoming engagement opportunities in early 2018.

For more information, or if you have questions or feedback, please contact the Project Team by email at .

If you would like to stay updated on City of Winnipeg public engagement events, follow the City on Facebook and Twitter, or sign up for our public engagement newsletter.

 

Project Timeline

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Background

Climate change is recognized as one of the most serious global environmental problems and results from an accumulation of atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHG). On November 25, 1998, recognizing the importance of dealing with climate change, the City of Winnipeg committed to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program.

The PCP program is a network of Canadian municipal governments that has committed to reducing greenhouse gases and acting on climate change. It empowers individual municipalities to take action against climate change through a five-milestone process that guides members in creating GHG inventories, setting realistic and achievable GHG reduction targets, developing local action plans, and implementing plans using specific, measurable actions to reduce emissions.

The City’s commitment to reduce GHG emissions is also recognized in A Sustainable Winnipeg, the City’s guiding sustainability strategy and a supporting document to the City’s OurWinnipeg community plan.

In 2015, Mayor Brian Bowman reiterated the commitment to action on climate change by endorsing the Big City Mayors’ Climate Change Action resolution that committed the City to:

  • Emissions reduction targets that addressed both short and long-term commitments;
  • Developing a municipal climate action plan that reduces GHG emissions, identify the risks associated with climate change and how those risks will be mitigated; and
  • Regular reporting on municipal emissions.

In November 2016, the City’s 2011 Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Forecast was presented to Council. The report updated the community-wide GHG emission inventory from 1998, reported on three emission forecast scenarios for the year 2050, and an emissions reduction opportunities assessment.

The City’s commitment to the development of aclimate change action plan has evolved through the commitments and initiatives described above. The City was awarded a Federation of Canadian Municipalities Green Municipal Fund grant to complete this action plan. Winnipeg’s Climate Action Plan will be developed with a number of opportunities for community input and the outcomes will:

  • Outline a clear vision for the community on how to mitigate climate change impacts;
  • Set targets for greenhouse gas emission reduction;
  • Identify opportunities for the City and the community to act on achieving the specified targets;
  • Provide recommendations concerning the adoption of new policies; and
  • Determine a strategy for implementation of the plan.

The public engagement process is designed to provide a number of opportunities for involvement and to inspire dialogue and participation using creative methods. The views and input of Winnipeg residents will be incorporated into the development of Winnipeg’s Climate Action Plan which is expected to be presented to City Council for approval in spring 2018.

Documents

Document Name Date Type
Online Ideas Jam Postcard 2017-11 Advertisement
Kick Off Event Poster 2017-10 Poster

Kick Off Event Newspaper Ads

2017-10 Advertisement
Kick Off Event Postcard 2017-10 Postcard
Kick Off Event News Release 2017-10 News Release
Garbage and Recycling Master Plan (Comprehensive Integrated Waste Management Strategy) 2011-10 Community Plan
Transportation Master Plan 2011-11 Community Plan
OurWinnipeg 2011-08 (Currently under review) Community Plan
A Sustainable Winnipeg 2011-08 (Currently under review) Sustainability Strategy
City of Winnipeg Community 2011 Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Forecast 2015-03 Report

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is climate mitigation?

Actions to reduce or prevent the emission of atmospheric greenhouse gasses.

Date added: October 2017

What is climate adaptation and how does it fit in to this planning process?

Climate adaptation refers to actions that help communities or ecosystems cope with changing climate conditions, e.g. flood protection measures. Although the current focus is on developing an action plan to reduce the city’s contribution to climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the next steps will include dedicated efforts to prepare for a changing climate and the associated risks. There are a number of co-benefits and synergies between climate mitigation and climate adaptation efforts and once the important first step of getting a climate change action plan underway, we look forward to advancing work in both of these areas.

Date added: October 2017

Do we have a community GHG reduction target?

When Council signed on to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Partners for Climate Protection program in 1998, a target of 6% emissions reduction was set. However, a corresponding action plan and timeline for achieving the target have not been established.

Over the coming months, with the assistance and input of citizens and community stakeholders, the Public Service will develop a climate change action plan for City Council’s consideration.

Date added: October 2017

When will the plan be complete?

It is expected that Winnipeg’s Climate Action Plan will be presented to Council in spring 2018.

Date added: October 2017

Are there opportunities for members of the community to get involved?

Residents will have the opportunity to participate throughout the project. In addition to being able to access information and announcements via our website, residents are invited to a public vision and target-setting exercise in November. For information on more opportunities to weigh in on outcomes to date, as well as help the City to prioritize climate actions going forward, please visit the Engage page of our website.     
In addition to opportunities for the general public, a select group of stakeholders and technical experts will provide input to support plan development through the Climate Action Advisory Group. These individuals have diverse expertise in a range of topics related to climate mitigation in each of the buildings, transportation, and waste sectors. Group members represent government, industry, business, community organizations, and non-profit agencies.  

Date added: October 2017

How can I stay notified on upcoming events?

This website is the main source of information for Winnipeg’s Climate Action Plan.  Upcoming events will also be posted and promoted in local newspapers, City newsletters and via social media (Twitter, Facebook).

If you would like to stay updated on City of Winnipeg public engagement events, follow the City on Facebook and Twitter, or sign up for the City of Winnipeg public engagement newsletter.

Date added: October 2017

What will Winnipeg’s Climate Action Plan: Planning for Climate Change. Acting for People achieve?

The goals of this project include:

  1. Set a climate vision to guide the identification and selection of actions to include in the Plan;
  2. Establish a set of climate targets;
  3. Identify and recommend climate mitigation actions to support the vision and targets; and
  4. Prepare an implementation plan for recommended climate actions.

Date added: October 2017

How will the project team decide which climate actions to include as part of Winnipeg’s Climate Action Plan?

The project team will determine the path forward through careful consideration of feedback from the public engagement sessions, inputs from the Climate Action Advisory Group, City staff, as well as best practices from other jurisdictions. Past climate planning efforts, such as the City of Winnipeg Community 2011 GHG Inventory and Forecast (2015) and OurWinnipeg will help to inform efforts going forward.

Date added: October 2017

What sectors are being covered in the Plan?

The community sectors that will help inform the development of the Plan are based on the City of Winnipeg Community 2011 GHG Inventory and Forecast. The energy and GHG inventory in this report includes the following five sectors and activities:

  1. Building Electricity and Natural Gas - residential and commercial consumption of electricity and natural gas;
  2. Vehicles – vehicle travel from passenger and freight motor vehicles;
  3. Transit – Winnipeg Transit vehicle travel
  4. Waste Disposal – solid waste generated by the community
  5. Water and Waste Water – energy for potable water and wastewater treatment and distribution

Action and priorities will be identified for all sectors. However, the sectors that represent the largest source of emissions are also the greatest opportunity for GHG reductions and these include:

  • Vehicle Travel (contributes approximately 50% of greenhouse gas emissions)
  • Building Natural Gas (contributes approximately 34% of greenhouse gas emissions)
  • Waste Disposal (contributes approximately 15% of greenhouse gas emissions)

Date added: October 2017

Do other cities have community climate change action plans?

Yes. Most similarly-sized Canadian cities, and nearly all large cities around the world, have either adopted or have committed to adopting stand-alone or policy-integrated goals, targets, and action plans.

Date added: October 2017

Climate Action Advisory Group

The City has invited a diverse and collaborative group of climate experts and stakeholders to help inform the development of a community climate vision, targets and climate action plan.

The group will consist of stakeholders and technical experts representing government, industry, business, community organizations, and non-profit agencies. We will to draw on their expertise to help draft the Plan’s vision and targets, and to identify and test out climate action ideas. Members will be asked to collaborate in small groups to identify implementation guidelines around several key programs or policies. This work will involve a broad range of stakeholders thinking through how to establish programs that can be tested and rolled out in the City.

Last update: November 30, 2017