Ottawa will present a zero emission plan

To completely reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, is this realistic? The City of Ottawa will unveil a plan next month that will make it possible by 2050.
A long-term master plan to combat climate change will be presented to the City’s Environmental, Water and Waste Management Committee (EWCPC) at its December 17 meeting.

“We awarded the mandate to a consultant to provide a model that details what it would take to achieve these emissions targets in all sectors of our local economy. You’ll see strategies in real estate, transportation, how we manage our public services and our operations, “says Stephen Willis, director of planning, infrastructure and economic development.

The upcoming tabling of this report was raised by municipal officials Tuesday during the presentation of the draft budget of the CPEEGD, in particular to highlight that more measures to reduce GHG emissions must be put forward from 2021.

Remember that the city adopted a target of 80% reduction of GHGs last year by 2050. The master plan that will be unveiled in one month establishes two scenarios: the achievement of this target, but also that of the complete elimination of GHG emissions – a goal adopted by 66 countries at a climate summit last September.

CPEEGD Chair and City Councilor Scott Moffatt believes the management plan will bring credibility to the City of Ottawa’s targets, even though City Council maintains the directions adopted in 2018.

“Targets are good, but if you do not identify the means to reach them, it does not mean anything,” says Moffatt. I can set a target next week of collecting 10,000 tonnes of waste. If there are not 10,000 tons of waste to pick up, what do we do? We do not care because I decided on a target and we have to reach it? ”

The details of this master plan have not been released, but Willis says it is in transportation and the upgrading of its housing stock that the City will achieve the largest gains.

If Ottawa ever becomes a GHG-free city, other technological advances, citizen’s efforts, and federal and provincial funding support are also counted.

“The city can not do it alone. The City can not finance the entire climate change master plan alone, “says Scott Moffatt.

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