Adapt to and Mitigate the Effects of Climate Change
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing our global society. There is clear evidence that human induced climate change is having an increasingly negative impact on the environmental, economic and social conditions of our communities.
Thinking about how we plan our communities while managing the impacts of climate change is important as we transition to a low carbon and resilient community. The Region of Peel is committed to leadership and action on this important societal issue, as concrete actions to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change will lead to a sustainable community for future generations.
During the current Term of Council, the Region of Peel was focused on reducing our Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions to 10% below 1990 levels and reducing the likelihood of sewer back-ups during severe weather events.
Reduced incidents of sewer back-ups during severe weather events caused by surcharge of the sanitary system.
- Per cent reduction in inflow and infiltration into wastewater system (in 10 target areas)
- Per cent reduction in surcharge (in 10 target areas)
In 2017 we:
- Kicked off a Region wide long-term inflow and infiltration strategy to reduce the risk of basement flooding during severe weather events (caused by sewer backups). As part of this, we have continued to study 10 target areas for both inflow and infiltration across Peel with the intent of identifying mitigation plans for the first six by the end of 2018.
- Implemented new sanitary sewer design and construction standards to ensure new and rehabilitated infrastructure works to reduce the risk of sewer back-ups due to severe weather events.
Decreased corporate GHG emissions (10% below 1990 levels).
Measurement: Per cent reduction in the amount of Corporate GHG emissions
In 2017 we:
- Implemented a combination of energy and fleet strategies to achieve a reduction in corporate GHG emissions of 16% below 1990 levels, exceeding our target of 10% below 1990 levels.
- Formalized the Office of Climate Change and Energy Management to integrate planning and delivery of climate change efforts throughout the organization and are developing the Peel Climate Change Master Plan.
- Completed a review of Regional fleet vehicles and identified opportunities to inform the development of the Green Fleet Strategy and recommended fleet greening approach. This will allow us to expand the use of green vehicles with a variety of fuel sources.