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Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP)

Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP)

The District has developed a Community Energy and Emissions Plan for Mission to help our community become more resilient, energy efficient, increase our use of renewable energy sources and reduce our impact on climate change.  An executive summary is available here.

The CEEP attemps to answer the following questions:

  • Why take action?
  • Where are we now?
  • Where are we going?
  • Where do we want to go?
  • How will we get there?

Why are we taking action?

The purpose of the CEEP is to help manage community energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. There are many benefits to taking action, such as:

  • Reducing energy costs;
  • Reducing vulnerability to energy markets through reduced reliance on fossil fuels;
  • Minimizing climate impacts;
  • Creating local economic development opportunities;
  • Supporting a livable, compact, complete community while protecting natural areas.

Where are we now?

A community energy and GHG emissions inventory helps us understand how much energy we use, where we use the energy, and how many GHG emissions these activities produce. Once we know that, we can make a plan to conserve energy and reduce GHG emissions. The Mission inventory for 2007 shows that we collectively emitted 236,200 tonnes of GHGs.

For reference, one tonne of carbon is equivalent to two months of average driving.

Buildings: We produce GHG emissions when we heat, cool and power our buildings using natural gas, propane, heating oil and electricity (including residential, commercial and small/medium industrial).

Transportation: We use a combination of gasoline, diesel and propane in our vehicles to get ourselves around (commuting, shopping, recreation) and to keep our businesses going. Our community inventory includes only vehicles registered in Mission.

Solid waste: Some of our waste goes to landfills where it decomposes and releases methane gas, a potent GHG.

These figures are based on data provided through the Province of BC’s Community Energy and Emissions Inventory (CEEI) initiative: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/cas/mitigation/ceei/index.html

The population of the District is expected to grow from about 37,500 to 66,000 by 2050. Our community’s emissions will increase by approximately 30% (over 2007 levels) by 2030 if we continue our lives in a similar pattern to how we currently live.

Where do we want to go?

The CEEP will establish:

  • a vision;
  • strategic goals;
  • targets for energy and emissions reduction;
  • a series of strategies; and actions to be implemented by the District, community partners, businesses and residents;
  • an implementation plan and monitoring framework.

The draft CEEP was developed from April to December 2011 and has been based on input from District staff, key stakeholders, and community members in an effort to:

  • raise awareness;
  • provide input, and,
  • build support for CEEP implementation.

The final CEEP was adopted by Council in February of 2012.

What can residents and businesses do to reduce their GHG emissions?

  • Drive Less
  • Ride Transit
  • Walk, Bike or Carpool to School or Work
  • Retrofit Old Buildings
  • Build New Green Buildings
  • Install Alternative Energy Systems
  • Reduce Waste, Recycle and Compost (Use Your Rot Pot!)
  • Wash Clothes in Cold Water
  • Set Your Water Heater to 49 C
  • Install a Solar Hot Water Heater
  • Dress Appropriately for the Season and Adjust Room Temperature
  • Install a Programmable Thermostat
  • Plant Deciduous Trees to the South of Your Home

Helpful Links

Program (Click on name for description) Agency Deadline
LiveSmart BC – Efficiency Incentive Program Province of BC, partnering with FortisBC and BC Hydro March 31, 2013
ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes Program Natural Resources Canada March 31, 2012
LiveSmart BC – LiveSmart at Home Province of BC N/A
Power Smart – Residential Rebates & Savings BC Hydro N/A
Appliance Rebates FortisBC June 30, 2012
Switch and Shrink (oil to natural gas) FortisBC Purchased by December 31, 2011; Installed by February 29, 2012
EnerChoice Fireplace Program FortisBC May 31, 2012
Find a Contractor Program FortisBC N/A
Power Smart Energy Saving Kit BC Hydro N/A
Energy Saving Kit Fortis BC
Power Smart Energy Conservation Assistance Program BC Hydro N/A
 Mortgage Loan Insurance Rebates  Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation  N/A

More Information

For more information about the Community Energy & Emissions Plan, to arrange for staff to present the plan to your community group or to provide comments regarding the CEEP, please contact:

Barry Azevedo
Manager of Environmental Services
Phone: 604-820-3737
Email: bazevedo@mission.ca