The City of Dawson Creek received a 2011 Climate and Energy Action Award in the Corporate Operations category for its internal carbon fund. The fund earmark $100 per tonne of greenhouse gas emitted by the corporation to be used towards implementing emissions reduction projects for both the corporation and the community, including research and education.
“Dawson Creek has been a leader in energy, climate change and sustainability in BC for many years,” said Mayor Mike Bernier. “We have clearly demonstrated that we are committed to taking action on climate change and implementing innovative policies, plans, and actions into the way we operate and to help us meet our Climate Action Charter commitment of carbon neutrality by 2012.”
The carbon fund is being partially funded through the rebate the City of Dawson Creek receives on the carbon tax it pays to the provincial government, with the balance being funded through general revenues. The initial payment into the carbon fund is estimated to be $360,000 based on a 2010 greenhouse gas emissions inventory.