The Peel Climate Change Partnership
Working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change
The Peel Climate Change Partnership works collaboratively together on climate change initiatives and to secure funding that will help each partner reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.
The Partnership advocates for climate change policy reform and develops and implements best practices to create:
- Low carbon communities
by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in member organizations' buildings and vehicles.
- Flood resiliency
by being better prepared for extreme weather and changing climate, such as increased flood risk and intense heat.
- Green (natural) infrastructure
by measuring, reporting and sharing, progress towards achieving greenhouse gas reduction targets and increasing resiliency.
Access the Partnership's terms of reference.
Download the onboarding presentation to learn more about the Partnership.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations funded by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
The PCCP has successfully applied for 2 rounds of federal funding through NRCan’s Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP). The PCCP was awarded $652,000 to support the expansion of EV charging infrastructure.
2016 Peel Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory
The 2016 inventory includes emissions from these sectors:
- Stationary energy (in buildings, such as electricity, natural gas, and other fuels)
- Transportation (on-road, railways, and aviation)
- Waste (residential and commercial)
- Industrial processes and product use
- Agriculture, forestry, and other land uses
According to the 2016 Community Inventory update, Peel's emissions:
- Are estimated to be 10.1 million tonnes of CO2e.
- Have increased by 18% since 1990.
- Are mostly produced through stationary energy and transportation.
Community emissions planning
The emissions inventory can help define further steps in planning such as:
- Target setting on emissions reduction.
- Development of scenarios and actions.
- Implementation of actions, and
- Further monitoring opportunities.
We’ll continue to share this inventory and use it to inform future decision making.
For more information on the Low Carbon Communities Strategy, contact Gil Amdurski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Peel Climate Change Partnership will use the Risk and Return on Investment Tool to identify and support projects that will help avoid floods in Peel Region.
The tool will:
- Help municipalities and conservation authorities identify areas of high risk and make cost-effective decisions for flood risk mitigation.
- Assess economic and social impacts of riverine flooding, as well as urban overland flooding, storm sewer back-up, sanitary sewer back-up, and stream erosion.
- Perform a financial assessment of management options to help users optimize their investment.
Work in progress
- Asset management plans.
- Literature review of gaps in existing conditions.
- Evaluating costing for manicured parkland, wetlands, and forests to build into the tool.
- Green Development Standards.
For more information on the Flood Resiliency Strategy, contact Christine Zimmer at email@example.com.
The Partnership will identify and then prioritize tree planting in Peel neighbourhoods that need more shade.
Work in progress
- Management best practices.
- Climate change adaptation guidelines.
- Policy best practices: helping to inform policies and guidelines in the Peel Region 2041 Official Plan Review.
- Tree planting activities in each of the priority neighbourhoods.
The executive summary of Peel Region's Best Practices and Strategies for the Urban Forest, provides an overview of best practices for managing Peel Region’s urban forest (primarily for street and park trees).
Corporate Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report
We're working to ensure that Peel is a 'safe, healthy, prosperous, sustainable and inclusive community that protects its quality of life for generations to come.'
We'll achieve this vision through our Energy and Environment Sustainability Strategy.
The strategy is guided by 3 goals:
- Reduce corporate greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels.
- Ensure sustainable energy procurement.
- Ensure regulatory compliance.
We've completed the 2017 Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emission Report and the Region of Peel Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan to help us achieve our GHG emission reduction goal and maintain our regulatory compliance goal.
This is the fourth year Peel Region has submitted an Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emission's Report. The 2019-2024 Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan builds on Peel's previous energy plans.
We're well on our way in implementing our Energy and Environment Sustainability Strategy. Staff will continue to focus on reducing GHG emissions, sustainable energy procurement, and maintaining regulatory compliance. Working together with departments across the Region, we're on a path toward achieving our GHG reduction goals, helping to ensure that Peel is sustainable community now and into the future.
- February 27, 2020 - Peel Climate Change Partnership Terms of Reference update
- September 28, 2017 – Mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change
The Chairperson (Chair) is a member of the Steering Committee. The Chair presides over the Partnership to ensure that all planned activities are effective and align with the PCCP’s mandate and purpose.
The current Chair is Jodi Robillos from the City of Mississauga.
The steering committee is a governance body that oversees the Partnership’s work,ensures that the member organizations are on board and supportive of the work, and allocates resources when appropriate.
The steering committee members are:
- Gary Kent, Region of Peel
- Kealy Dedman, Region of Peel
- Michael Won, City of Brampton
- Jodi Robillos, City of Mississauga
- Erin Britnell, Town of Caledon
- Quentin Hanchard, Credit Valley Conservation
- John MacKenzie, Toronto & Region Conservation Authority
Champions make recommendations, engage other leaders, and provide oversight and expertise.
The champions are:
- Jeremy Schembri, Region of Peel
- Olivia Sparrow, City of Brampton
- Dianne Zimmerman, City of Mississauga
- Katelyn Tozer, Town of Caledon
- Andrew Kett, Credit Valley Conservation
- Rehana Rajabali, Toronto & Region Conservation Authority
- Victoria Kramkowski, Toronto & Region Conservation Authority
The Partnership pursues strategies with key individuals and decision–makers across member organizations.
Strategy leads carry out the technical tasks in support of these strategies. They identify the necessary resources to perform the tasks and seek individual organizational budgets or other grants through the PCCP.
The strategy leads are:
- Heather Hewitt, Region of Peel
- Christine Zimmer, Credit Valley Conservation
- Gil Amdurski, Toronto & Region Conservation Authority
- Meaghan Eastwood, Toronto & Region Conservation Authority
The secretariat is located within the Region of Peel’s Office of Climate Change and Energy Management.
Members of the secretariat facilitate and support the Partnership’s strategic and operational work and ensure that group activities are effectively administered.
The secretariat is comprised of:
- Christine Tu, Region of Peel
- Joan Engineer, Region of Peel
- Iris Wagner, Region of Peel
- The 2011 Peel Climate Change Strategy
- 2016 Peel Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory
- Vulnerability assessments
- Risk and Return on Investment tool
Going All In On Climate Action webinar
On October 25, Dr. Kim Cobb conducted a webinar with climate change experts from our partnership organizations about local climate action. The video and the Q&A document from the webinar are listed.
If you would like a copy of the presentation, please request it by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.