Greenhouse Gas Reduction

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In spring of 2014, the RM of St. Clements was one of 18 Manitoba municipalities to team up with Eco-West to follow a five-milestone process to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Eco-West will help the RM of St. Clements:

  • Indentify sources of energy waste and inefficiencies in cost-cutting measures
  • Measure results of the greenhouse gas reduction initiatives more accurately
  • Be recognized as an environmental protection leader
  • Increase stakeholder awareness of the RM’s commitment
  • Access financial support for green projects from various levels of governments and independent funders
  • Develop the local economy to be ecological and sustainable

The milestones are:

  • Create a greenhouse gas emissions inventory
  • Set a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target
  • Develop an emissions reduction action plan
  • Implement an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan
  • Monitor progress and report results

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Background

This five-milestone framework was developed by the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program, an international network of municipal governments that is a is a partnership between the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI).

PCP website: http://www.fcm.ca/home/programs/partners-for-climate-protection.htm

Eco-West is an arm of Conseil développement économique des municipalités bilingues du Manitoba(CDEM) that aims to get rural communities involved in greening their local economies through:

  • creating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories
  • developing Climate Change local action plans (CCLAP)
  • supporting municipalities seeking green technology commercialization opportunities
  • attracting foreign direct investments
  • training a skilled workforce

Eco-West website: http://www.cdem.com/en/sectors/green-economy-1/eco-west