Climate Change

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

RDCK Board declares climate action imperative

Climate change across Canada and around the world:

The world is currently on track for more than 3ºC of warming based business as usual; to limit warming to 1.5ºC ambitious and bold policies must be created. Regional District of Central Kootenay, BC, and Canada are no exceptions:

  1. As of 2016, RDCK’s carbon pollution levels are 10.6% below 2007 levels, which represents an average reduction of just over 1% per year over the past decade. With sustained effort and funding, the RDCK will meet its 2030 goals of a reduction of 25% greenhouse gas emissions. If it is to adjust to recommended IPCC targets, the RDCK will require significantly more resources;
  2. Canada’s carbon pollution was down 4% from 2005 levels to 704 million tonnes. Policies committed to in the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Action are only forecasted to bring emissions down to 583 million tonnes in 2030, failing to meet the national target of 517 million tonnes;

In response to the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of l.5°C, a number of local governments have declared a State of Climate Emergency.

Five local governments across Canada have declared a State of Climate Emergency – Kingston, Halifax, Richmond, Vancouver and the Capital Regional District on Vancouver Island.

Below are some of the RDCK's key initiatives that address climate change.

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. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/local-governments/grants-transfers/climate-action-revenue-incentive-program-carip

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:

The content on this page was last updated June 3 2019 at 3:53 PM