Let's hope the City will follow through this time. There is a huge economic upside to embracing the green economy. When the City realizes this, things will change.
Climate Change Responsibility in Ottawa - Recent Gains - Open Challenges
Individuals, groups and community associations that helped press city hall into holding the GHG Roundtable on March 23; and more, who strongly encouraged the mayor to himself commit to revisiting the climate change management planning process and setting reduction targets, are to be thanked and congratulated. This is a significant step forward.
The result is that the City of Ottawa will refresh the 2004 Air Quality and Climate Change Management Plan which had expired. New reduction targets are also promised.
Unfortunately this new climate plan is now out of synch with Official Plan and Transportation Master Plan review schedules. They will be finalized over the summer and early fall whereas the climate plan is promised for summer 2014.
So pressing the city to take energy conservation and climate change planning into account during the review cycle of these earlier scheduled plans is important.
Beyond that, there is a difference between committing to a plan and actually bringing down greenhouse gas emissions. Let us all keep a weather eye out for signals that the city is actually undertaking new and meaningful initiatives. It is anticipated that more "encouragement" will be needed.
Of note is the fact that according to
municipalities are now required by law “to report their annual energy use and GHG emissions to the Ministry of Energy by July 1, 2013. In addition, public agencies will need to develop five-year energy conservation and demand management (CDM) plans by July 1, 2014”