City of Burlington Receives ‘B’ Rating for Climate Action Efforts
The city received a passing grade for one of its key commitments.
The Climate Disclosure Project (CDP) awarded the city of Burlington a B rating for its climate action efforts. The nonprofit charity provides a global climate action reporting platform for business and government.
The city reported on its progress in implementing the community climate action plan, the community emissions inventory and the carbon emissions reduction target. The CDP awarded the city a B for its reports, recognizing its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions contributing to climate change.
Allan Magi, executive director of environment, infrastructure and community services for the city of Burlington, said cities are on the front lines of climate change action.
“The staff have worked hard to create and implement our climate change programs and it’s great to see this early success and the recognition of our efforts. As this was the first year of our participation and our Climate Resilience Project in Burlington has yet to be finalized, we expect to see even better results next year when it is completed, ”he said. declared Magi.
Burlington City Council declared a climate emergency in 2019 and asked staff to apply a climate lens to operations, plans and strategies, including the budget. They followed that up in 2020 with the approval of the Climate Action Plan and set a goal of becoming a net carbon community by 2050.
Mayor Marianne Meed Ward said she hopes their action will encourage other communities to share their progress on climate action.
“It is important for the City of Burlington to show leadership in taking action on climate change by reducing our carbon footprint and developing a plan to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
For more information on the city’s climate change efforts, visit www.burlington.ca/environment.