Brampton - Peel's new Climate Change Strategy is the first in Canada to bring together a regional government with its area municipalities and conservation authorities for local action on environmental issues. The strategy, a partnership between the City of Brampton, Town of Caledon, City of Mississauga, Region of Peel, Credit Valley Conservation and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, was approved by Peel Regional Council on June 23, 2011.
"Through this important initiative, Peel Region's partners are demonstrating strong leadership in collaborating on a Region-wide action plan," said Emil Kolb, Chair, Region of Peel. "There’s no easy solution to the global challenges of climate change, but it begins with a commitment to do what we can at the local level in order to make a difference. The time has come for us to step up to the plate to help secure a healthier environment for our children and future generations."
The two-pronged strategy focuses on both mitigation and adaptation measures. Mitigation strategies help to slow the rate of climate change, such as actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Adaptation strategies such as improving wastewater systems to manage increased flooding, help prepare and protect communities from inevitable risks.
Key goals include increasing public awareness about the effects of climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050, the science-based target put forth by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The strategy was developed in consultation with community stakeholders, elected officials and senior staff from all partner organizations.
"This is a long-term strategy with important implications for the environment, the economy and the quality of life in Peel Region," said Arvin Prasad, Director of Integrated Planning for the Region of Peel. "With our partners, we are working towards our vision of a region where everyone does their part to mitigate and adapt to climate change by leading greener lifestyles, embracing a low carbon economy and protecting our natural systems."
With the strategy now adopted by Council, Peel and its partners will develop an Implementation Plan to map out milestones, implement actions and set budgets. A full version of the strategy is available at peelregion.ca/climatechange
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves approximately 1.3 million residents in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga, and the town of Caledon.