reducing emmissons

Who ARE WE?

ClimateActionWR is a collaboration between local organizations and community members focused on climate change mitigation.

Our community is working together to achieve Waterloo Region’s short-term community target of a
6% greenhouse gas emission reduction by the end of 2020. This short-term reduction target is an important first step toward our long-term goal of an 80% greenhouse gas emission reduction by 2050.

Waterloo Region Cityscape

Our Vision of the future

As a community, Waterloo Region has committed to reducing its local greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050

GHG Reductions and Targets

Our progress

The first step towards becoming an innovative, low-carbon community is achieving our short-term target of 6% reduction by 2020.

2009
2009

Community climate action begins to take shape in Waterloo Region.

Throughout 2009 and 2010, Reep Green Solutions, Sustainable Waterloo Region, the Region of Waterloo, and the University of Waterloo conducted an initial study on a community greenhouse gas action plan and reduction target.

2012
2012

ClimateActionWR completes Waterloo Region’s first community-scale greenhouse gas emissions inventory

This report uses 2010 as a baseline year and summarizes the inventory process, greenhouse gas emissions data collected, and 10-year emission forecast out to the year 2020. *The data was updated in March 2013 to reflect a reassessment of the transportation sector emissions.
2013
2013

Waterloo Region’s first Climate Action Plan is published

This Climate Action Plan, which was approved and endorsed by the municipalities, aims to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions by 6% below 2010 levels by 2020. The plan was published in partnership with the Region of Waterloo and Cities of Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo.
2017
2017

By 2015, our community had reduced its emissions by 5.2% compared to 2010 levels!

Our Progress, Our Path, which was published in 2017, outlines the changes in Waterloo Region’s carbon footprint between 2010 and 2015.
2018
2018

Unanimous approval of an 80% local greenhouse gas emission reduction target by 2050

With unanimous approval and endorsement from all eight area municipalities in Waterloo Region, community stakeholders and organizations are now working together to achieve this ambitious target. We are actively working to develop a long-term (30-year) Climate Action Strategy, as well as a shorter-term Climate Action Plan which will serve as a roadmap for the first ten years.
2020
2020

Working towards an 80% local greenhouse gas emissions reduction by 2050

By 2020, the community’s long-term Climate Action Strategy that will take us to 2050, and the short-term Climate Action Plan to address the first ten years, will be completed and shared. In 2021, we will complete another re-inventory of Waterloo Region’s carbon footprint to learn the results of our latest progress towards achieving the community’s emissions targets.

Take Action!

Every Action Counts. We all have a role to play as we travel, at work or school, and at home.

Make your pledge today!

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