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Carbon Neutrality

Climate Action Charter


The City of Nanaimo, along with the Province of BC and the Union of BC Municipalities, has signed the Climate Action Charter (CAC), pledging to achieve the following goals:

  • Be carbon neutral in corporate operations by 2012;
  • measure and report on our community greenhouse gas (GHG) emission profile; and
  • work to create compact, more energy efficient communities.

View the charter at

City of Nanaimo CARIP Reports


The Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) grant allows for local governments to receive a rebate on the provincial carbon tax for fuel sales after reporting on their greenhouse gas reduction initiatives.

What is the Climate Action Recognition Program?

In acknowledgement of the ongoing efforts of local governments, including the City of Nanaimo, to become carbon neutral in its operations, a joint Provincial-UBCM Green Communities Committee (GCC) established the Climate Action Recognition Program for BC Local Governments. This is a multi-level program that provides the GCC with an opportunity to review and publically recognize the progress and achievements of each Climate Action Charter signatory.

Recognition is provided on an annual basis to local governments who demonstrate progress on their Charter commitments, according to the following criteria:

Level 1: Progress on Charter Commitments

All local governments who have demonstrated progress on fulfilling one or more of the Charter commitments will receive a letter from the GCC acknowledging their accomplishments.

Level 2: Measurement

Local Governments who have completed a corporate carbon inventory for the reporting year and demonstrated that they are familiar with the Community Energy and Emissions Inventory (CEEI) will receive a ‘Climate Action Community 2012' logo, for use on websites, letterhead and other media. The City of Nanaimo CEEI is available here .

Level 3: Achievements of Carbon Neutrality

Local Governments who achieve carbon neutrality in the reporting year will receive a ‘Climate Action Community – Carbon Neutral 2012' logo, for use on websites, letterhead and other media.

To be eligible for the program, the City of Nanaimo completed and submitted to the Province a Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP)/ Carbon Neutral Progress Report. This report can be viewed here.

Determination of the level of recognition that Nanaimo receives is based on the information included in each annual CARIP report. Additional information on CARIP reporting is available online at:

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