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Kingston on track to achieve 2020 Climate Action Goal
February 6, 2018 -
The Kingston Climate Action Plan (KCAP) is poised to deliver good news to Kingston City Council Tuesday night. KCAP is a community-developed set of strategies that guide efforts throughout the region to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The plan's latest update shows that overall community emissions have dropped by 12 per cent since 2011.
Although on track to reach a target of 15 per cent by 2020, the update warns additional efforts are needed to achieve a 30 per cent reduction in overall emission levels by 2030.
"We are proud to report on the progress and successes we have seen in Kingston since the introduction of the Kingston Climate Action Plan in 2014,' says Paul McLatchy, the City's environment director. "Ontario's move away from coal-fired electricity plants has put us on track to achieve our 2020 goal.
"We look forward to continuing the community conversation around the roles that public transportation, electric vehicles, urban intensification and the generation of renewable natural gas can play."
Figures show the use of natural gas makes up for more than half of emissions in Kingston. New initiatives include using organic materials to generate ‘'renewable'' natural gas (RNG) with substantially lower emissions.
The plan calls for City staff to partner with Utilities Kingston and assess how community-generated organic waste such as the green bin program and industrial waste can be used to generate RNG'S. City Council will be asked to consider this recommendation.
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