Municipalities have influence over roughly 50% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Canada. By adopting practices that reduce GHG emissions, municipalities can improve the quality of life of their residents while saving money in operation and energy costs.

Are you looking for opportunities to reduce your municipality’s GHG emissions?

From the development and tracking of GHG emission reduction targets, to the creation and implementation of local climate action plans and policies, to the development of low carbon heating systems or the adoption of green fleets and corporate building retrofits, local governments can significantly and meaningfully act on climate change.

FCM can help. Below you will find programs, training and resources that can assist your community in tackling GHG emissions.

Greenhouse gas emissions reduction maturity scale

Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is an important part of any municipality’s climate strategy.

Whether your climate strategy is still in development or you’re looking to refine an existing one, our Maturity Scale for Municipal GHG Emissions Reduction can help you identify and reach your climate goals.

Featured resources
Are you looking for support in reducing your municipality’s GHG emissions? Read these resources.
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Green development standards for growing communities

Is your community looking to create green development standards? Read our case study and access helpful resources.

Case study: Victoria shows leadership in GHG emissions reductions

The City of Victoria plans to significantly reduce emissions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through a broad, comprehensive and collaborative strategy. 

Case study: Improving energy efficiency

A major efficiency upgrade to the local arena is underway to reduce power consumption and associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 75 per cent. Learn how the Bridgetown Community Recreation Association and The County of Annapolis, NS, are making it happen.

Case study: Planning for deep GHG emissions

The City of Charlottetown, PE, has demonstrated a lasting commitment to reducing its GHG emissions and recently completed its corporate GHG inventory for 2013-2016. Learn more about the steps they are taking to lower emissions.

Case study: Improving public transit in Winnipeg

Winnipeg Metropolitan Region is planning to support its growth by making it easier for people to travel in and across the area.

Developing an Active Transportation Plan for the Town of Malartic

Learn how Malartic, Quebec is developing an active transportation plan to increase walkability and reduce GHG emissions.

Learn how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency retrofit programs

Retrofitting residential buildings are key to reducing municipal GHG emissions yet projects often face challenges. See how a toolkit based on feedback from several Ontario communities can help local governments meet their reduction targets.

Tool for municipal clean energy program development

Use the Energy Poverty and Equity Explorer tool to better understand energy poverty in your municipality and develop clean energy programs to reduce it.

Program initiatives
Interested in what other municipalities are doing and how they are working together to make significant carbon emission-reductions? Check out these FCM programs and initiatives focused on reducing GHG emissions.
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Transition 2050 partners

Funding partner organizations so they can provide training and support to groups of municipalities to foster deep emissions reductions.

Partners for Climate Protection

Join this national network of 350+ municipalities and learn how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and act on climate change.

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The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program is a five-year $75-million program, delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.

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