In 2008, the City set greenhouse gas reduction targets, based on 2006 levels. The targets are set as 14 per cent by 2012, 33 per cent by 2020 and 85 per cent by 2050.
On Tuesday, City Council passed a motion to continue to look into ways it can reduce its carbon footprint in City operations, says Mayor Mike Bernier.
Bernier says in looking at ways to reduce its carbon footprint, the City would avoid having to pay significant amounts of taxpayer money to purchase carbon offsets. He says buildings are always major energy users in any municipality and department heads will now be tasked with looking into ways to reduce their carbon footprints.
He says the City has already taken steps to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by implementing solar panels on a lot of the city’s infrastructure.