Climate Action Charter
Maple Ridge's Council voluntarily became a signatory to the British Columbia Climate Action Charter in 2009. Through this action, the city has committed to achieving carbon neutral operations and measuring GHGs in the city, while also supporting the development of complete, compact communities.
Under the Climate Action Charter, a joint Provincial – Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) effort created the Green Communities Committee (GCC). The mandate of the GCC is to ensure effective implementation of charter commitments and to go further to ensure that local governments have the necessary tools and support to address climate change. Over 170 local governments in British Columbia have signed the British Columbia Climate Action Charter.
Community Energy and Emissions Inventory
The Community Energy and Emissions Inventory (CEEI) provides an assessment of energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and other supporting indicators at the community level. The inventory is intended to provide local government and interested parties with usable information that helps them achieve their Climate Action Charter commitments.Energy use and GHG emission estimates are provided for four major sectors:
- On-road transportation
- Solid waste
- Land-use change from deforestation
There are also seven supporting indicators, including housing type, residential density, greenspace and proximity to transit. You can access the data from Maple Ridge and other municipality's CEEIs here.
Climate Action Revenue Incentive Report
The Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) is a conditional grant program that provides funding from the provincial government to Climate Action Charter signatories equivalent to 100 percent of the carbon taxes they pay directly. This funding supports local governments in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and move forward on achieving their Charter goals.
In order to receive the funding, each year local governments must publicly report on their progress towards meeting their charger goals, as well as actions planned for the future.
Note: The Province of BC has rescinded the requirement for local governments to submit their data for the 2019 reporting year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Maple Ridge has chosen to publish and submit the data per the annual requirement.
May 29, 2020 – 2019 CARIP Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Progress Survey.
Climate Action Plan
The Province of British Columbia is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 33% below 2007 levels and by 80% by 2050. Through the development of the Climate Action Plan (Bill 44), the province has implemented a range of initiatives related to climate change and environmental management. The plan prioritizes citizen empowerment, low-carbon development, and sustainable forestry, as well as championing innovation and creating green communities.
Green Communities Act
In May, 2008, Bill 27, the Local Government (Green Communities) Statutes Amendment Act, was enacted by the provincial government. The intent of this bill is to facilitate more sustainable initiatives within British Columbian municipalities when planning and managing land use by having them consider climate issues and energy conservation approaches. Through this legislation, the Local Government Act was amended to require each municipality to establish targets, policies and actions for the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Because of the Green Communities Act, Maple Ridge includes GHG targets, tracking and communication in the Official Community Plan (OCP). A list of Official Community Plan Policies that support GHG emission reductions are included in the OCP.
- Frequently Asked Questions about the Green Communities Act