The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) has achieved carbon neutrality for 2013.
As a signatory to the BC Climate Action Charter, the CVRD has been working to meet its commitments to be carbon neutral in its operations, and the CVRD has been actively reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through implementing its Corporate Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan by:
• Switching fuel from high carbon source heating systems to high efficiency electric heat pumps in several of its facilities.
• Working with Cowichan Energy Alternatives to supplement diesel fuel with local-produced biodiesel in selected fleet vehicles.
• Identifying energy conservation measures in all major CVRD facilities (recreation centres, central office and community and fire halls) by completing detailed audits.
In 2013, the total CVRD operational GHG emissions were 1,674 tonnes of CO2e as a result of the daily business of the CVRD (including operating recreation centres, managing and maintaining parks, solid waste collection and disposal, water management, emergency services, planning and bylaw enforcement and corporate operations).
GHG emissions are created by burning carbon-based fuels to heat and power buildings, as well as powering vehicles and machinery.
The CVRD was able to balance its 2013 carbon emissions with community-based offset projects.
These included organic waste diversion from the landfill to local composting facilities, and supporting a community fuel-switching project at The Hub at Cowichan Station.
—Submitted by CVRD