Climate change

Suburbs

The City of Kitchener is committed to climate action in both our community and organization. We understand our role as a global citizen to achieve a healthier environment, but also understand the need to be prepared for the effects of climate change. By reducing our GHG (greenhouse gas) impacts through conservation, efficiencies and innovation, climate action provides an opportunity for the City of Kitchener to work together to further our strategic priorities.

Community Climate Action Plan

Local action can make a big difference, and we are proud to be a part of the ClimateActionWR (CAWR) collaboration - the group behind the development of Waterloo Region's first community action plan on climate change.

CAWR’s initial GHG reduction target of 6% below 2010 levels by 2020 has been replaced with unanimous municipal and regional support of 80% reduction by 2050.

Climate Action WR is currently drafting a new plan with the Region and area municipalities and townships to achieve this target. You can also review the ClimateActionWR Action Plan and our progress reports.

These resources provide more information on climate projections for Waterloo Region:

Corporate Climate Action Plan

The City of Kitchener is actively involved in reducing our corporate level GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions and preparing for climate change. We have achieved milestone one and milestone two in FCM’s Partners for Climate Protection by completing our baseline emissions and established an absolute GHG target of 8% by 2026. We are currently in stage three of creating an action plan.

We are also on stage three of CLEI’s BARC program for climate adaptation. This plan focuses on buildings, fleet and business travel, lighting, waste management and adapting to the impact of extreme weather events.

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