Green Communities Canada is proposing three national actions to combat climate change. The proposals were developed over the summer after a brainstorming meeting of GCC’s member organizations.
“These proposals provide a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stimulate the economy,” says Christopher Birchall, GCC Chair. “We are urging they be adopted nationally.”
Home Energy Efficiency
Implementation of a national home energy retrofit incentive program based on independent third party professional energy audits.
- the residential sector is a critical part of a national GHG emissions reduction strategy; high initial investment costs threaten market-driven energy savings measures; an incentive spurs homeowners to action and an audit prioritizes actions and verifies the results
- an incentive is more effective in motivating home energy retrofits than a tax credit
- an incentive program provides the foundation on which provinces and municipalities can build
Extreme Weather Resilience Planning
A Home Adaptation Assessment Program to educate and encourage homeowners to become extreme weather-prepared.
- the frequency and magnitude of extreme weather events are increasing, causing billions of dollars in damage to infrastructure, businesses and homeowners
- extreme weather has the potential to destabilize Canada’s housing market by making large portions of it uninsurable and thus ineligible for mortgages
- adaptation experts trained to inspect homes for vulnerabilities and make recommendations would allow homeowners to make informed decisions about how to protect their home against extreme weather
Implementation of an integrated (across all sectors) climate action plan that includes mitigation and adaptation.
- federal government leadership on climate change will provide a foundation for provincial and municipal action on climate change
- a national climate action plan is needed to set a vision, benchmarks and targets for Canada’s energy consumption and GHG emissions
- a national Climate Action Plan will ensure the creation of policies, including a Home Energy Retrofit Incentive and Extreme Weather Resilience Planning, that will inform current and future decision-making to transition Canada to a sustainable future