Climate change represents the greatest challenge facing the modern world. As the climate warms, increasingly significant impacts are expected to occur as a result of warmer global temperatures, increases in the volume and intensity of precipitation, extreme
weather events (e.g. forest fires, droughts) and sea level rise.
The City has set community-wide greenhouse gas reduction targets and is developing plans and
programs to lower GHG emission in the community and adapt to a changing climate and improve our resiliency.
In April 2019, recognizing the global concern raised by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to limit global warming to 1.5°C, Council declared a Climate Emergency and required that new community-wide emission reduction
targets be set to between 50% and 58% below 2010 levels by 2030, and between 94% and 107% below 2010 levels by 2050.
Currently the City is reviewing its current Climate action policies and Greenhouse Gas Reduction (GHG) targets and will be making further updates through the REIMAGINE NANAIMO process.
Community-wide Climate Action (Mitigation)
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a key environmental initiative in the City of Nanaimo. There are many policies, plans and initiatives that the City currently has that contribute to the City's efforts to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Climate Adaptation / Resiliency
The effects of climate change are already being felt with higher temperatures, wetter winters, and drier summers. The following are some City initiatives that address Climate Adaptation.
Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP)
The CARIP program is a conditional grant program that provides funding to local governments that have signed the B.C. Climate Action Charter equal to 100 per cent of the carbon taxes they pay directly to support municipal operations. The program encourages investment in climate action.
CARIP Public Reports: