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Climate Change Master Plan

Climate Change Master Plan

The Climate Change Master Plan is the City’s overarching framework to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and respond to the current and future effects of climate change.

The plan aims to take unprecedented collective action to transition Ottawa into a clean, renewable and resilient city by 2050. City Council has adopted short, mid, and long-term greenhouse gas reduction targets based on 2012 levels:

  • Reduce emissions from the community by:
    • 43 per cent by 2025
    • 68 per cent by 2030
    • 96 per cent by 2040
    • 100 per cent by 2050
  • Reduce emissions from City operations by:
    • 30 per cent by 2025
    • 50 per cent by 2030
    • 100 per cent by 2040

Guiding Principles

The Climate Change Master Plan is guided by the following principles:

  • Responsibility - everyone has a responsibility to manage energy consumption and to mitigate risks
  • Collaboration – all levels of government, utilities, stakeholders, and the broader community must work together to effect change and develop joint solutions
  • Municipal leadership – the City needs to take a lead role to ensure an integrated and comprehensive approach across the corporation and the community
  • Coordination – all the City’s long-term plans need to be coordinated to ensure a strategic and harmonized approach
  • Equity and inclusion – all decision-making processes must incorporate equity and inclusion considerations

Priority Actions

The Climate Change Master Plan identifies eight priority actions for the next five years (2020-2025):

  1. Implement Energy Evolution
  2. Undertake a climate vulnerability assessment and develop a climate resiliency strategy
  3. Apply a climate lens to the new Official Plan and its supporting documents
  4. Apply a climate lens to asset management and capital projects
  5. Explore and pilot corporate carbon budgets
  6. Explore carbon sequestration methods and the role of green infrastructure
  7. Encourage community action though education, incentives, support and advocacy to senior levels of government
  8. Develop a governance framework to coordinate stakeholder efforts and mobilize the community

Reporting

Staff provide an annual status update on corporate and community greenhouse gas emissions, progress towards the targets and the eight priority actions to the Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management.

Staff will develop key performance indicators to further track progress being made to achieve Ottawa’s greenhouse gas reduction targets.

Climate Change Master Plan [ 588 KB ]

Climate Emergency

On April 24, 2019, City Council declared a Climate Emergency for the purposes of naming, framing, and deepening our commitment to protecting our economy, our eco systems, and our community from climate change.

The declaration provides additional direction to staff for expanded work on the Climate Change Master Plan, Energy Evolution, and the future Climate Resiliency Plan.

Corporate Climate Change Initiatives

The following document provides a high-level overview of policies, specific city initiatives and examples of how the City is collaborating with other to address climate change.

City of Ottawa Climate Change Initiatives [ 370 KB ]

Interested in finding out more?

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Invite the Climate Change and Resiliency team to speak to your community group or organization. All presentations are subject to audience size and team availability. Contact Emma Langham, Outreach and Communications Coordinator.