2011 National Measures Report
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability surveyed members of the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) Program to determine GHG-reduction initiatives undertaken by local governments, and the cumulative impact of these initiatives nationwide. The 2011 report incorporates data from 229 measures that were collected from 43 local governments across Canada. The annual greenhouse gas reductions associated with these initiatives total 200,000 tonnes and represent more than $700 million in investments.
- Municipal operations were the target of 75% of all reported measures.
- Initiatives targeting municipal buildings were the largest subsector, accounting for 68% of corporate measures, and 51% of all measures reported.
- Energy-efficiency projects were the most popular type of community measures, representing nearly half of all reported projects.
- The most significant GHG reductions were achieved in the renewable energy sector. This year, as in previous years, projects to collect and utilize landfill gas outperformed other initiatives in terms of GHG reductions. The City of Hamilton's Landfill Gas to Energy Project, implemented at the Glanbrook Landfill, was the top GHG-reduction initiative reported in 2011, reducing GHG emissions by more than 100,000 tonnes a year.
- Project investments ranged from $310 to over $197 million, demonstrating the many ways that municipalities of all sizes are taking action to reduce their GHG emissions.
- Read a summary of the 2011 PCP measures, reporting on the highlights, trends and analysis of municipal action to reduce GHG emissions.