Climate Action

Climate action guides most planning and decision-making. It is recognized as a defining component of our world.

RDCK Climate Action Targets

 With the ultimate goal of creating climate resilient communities, reducing risks of climate change, while holding the organization accountable, the RDCK Board adopted progressive science based carbon pollution (greenhouse gas emissions) reduction targets of 50% below 2018 levels by 2030 and 100% by 2050. The Board also directs staff to prepare four-year climate action plans as a pathway to 2030 climate action targets. The climate action plans form an important part of the 3-pillar Climate Action Strategy – inform, guide and act.

RDCK Board declares climate action imperative

Below are some of the RDCK's key initiatives that address climate action:

State of Climate Action in the RDCK

This annual report aims to:
1. Help the RDCK track the progress towards its climate action objectives and targets;
2. Evaluate and improve its climate action initiatives and efforts;
3. Maintain public transparency on these processes; and,
4. Demonstrate climate action leadership.

 By tracking and reporting on climate action, the RDCK will also be able to find ways to streamline its efforts, achieve co-benefits through integration and collaboration between projects and initiatives, and optimize the use of time and resources.

Local Government Climate Action Partnership: Local Government Climate Action Program

Climate Change Adaptation Project

The Climate Change Adaptation Project included the Village of Kaslo and Electoral Area D in partnership with the Columbia Basin Trust. Read more.

Carbon Neutral Kootenays

The Carbon Neutral Kootenays (CNK) project was a partnership between three regional disticts (Central Kootenay, East Kootenay, and Kootenay Boundary) and Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) to meet the targets established under the climate action charter. Read more.

RDI Climate Change Adaptation indicators

Read the RDI Climate Change Adaptation indicators final report [PDF - 1.8 MB].

100% Renewable Kootenays by 2050 initiative

This initiative is led by the West Kootenay Eco-Society, and supported by the RDCK.
Media Release - RDCK commits to 100% renewable energy by 2050 (April 30, 2018)

Partners for Climate Protection - Milestone 4

Read more about the Partners for Climate Protection program.

2017 actions include:

  • Castlegar Arena energy efficiency upgrades 
  • Agricultural Land Use Inventory & Agricultural Water Demand Modelling 
  • new fleet purchase of hybrid vehicles 
  • supporting the constructing of the Accelerate Kootenays EV network
  • update of Resource Recovery Plan to include community level organics diversion and zero waste strategies and corporate level upgrades to landfill and transfer facilities 
  • launching Kootenay Boundary Farm Advisors 
  • FireSmart ambassador and wildfire mitigation program 
  • WaterSmart ambassador program
  • developing climate adaptation indicators with Rural Development Institute 
  • launched the Senior Energy Specialist and implementation of SCEEP 
  • development of a Regional Residential Retrofit Program to increase energy efficiency and housing affordability
  • hiring a sustainability coordinator and relaunching the CSLAC

Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP)

The Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) is a conditional grant that provides funding to local governments that have signed to the BC Climate Action Charter that is equal to 100 percent of the carbons taxes they pay directly to support municipal operations.

Each year the RDCK submit a report of its corporate and community actions to reduce the impact of climate change.  In turn, the Provincial government issues a cheque. The 2017 CARIP grant contributed to the delivery of Regional Energy Efficiency Program. 

CARIP Reports:

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