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Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change

Human activity, such as burning fossil fuels to power vehicles, using energy in heating and cooling of our homes, and industrial processes, produce greenhouse gases that alter the natural balance of the earth’s atmosphere.

Greenhouse gases trap heat and increase the atmosphere’s temperature. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the most common greenhouse gas. The photo shows one metric tonne of carbon dioxide. For more information on the effects of greenhouse gases and the science of Climate Change, check out this Climate Insights 101 video course by Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.

Corporate Emissions Reporting

City of Powell River signed the BC Climate Action Charter in fall 2007, committing to:

  1. Become carbon neutral in our corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) (government) emissions,

  2. Measure corporate GHG emissions, and to

  3. Reduce community-wide emissions through effective community planning.

The City’s latest corporate GHG emissions are summarized in the 2017 Corporate GHG Emissions Inventory.

CARIP Reports

The City reports its BC Climate Action Charter commitment actions annually through CARIP (Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program). CARIP provides grant funding to City of Powell River to support municipal operations. Click here for the 2017 CARIP Report .