FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Duncan, BC, October 13th 2016
UCLUELET ACHIEVED CARBON NEUTRALITY THROUGH THE COMMUNITY CARBON MARKETPLACE
The District of Ucluelet (district) met its carbon neutral commitments through the community carbon marketplace for 2014 and 2015 by retiring 163 tonnes of Community Carbon Credits. As a direct result, the district has invested over $4,000 into the local low-carbon economy.
The CCM is a carbon exchange initiative that enables local governments, businesses and individuals to meet carbon-neutral objectives by purchasing Community Carbon Credits from local businesses and projects that reduce GHG emissions such as such as switching from fossil fuels to bio-fuels or electric vehicles, diverting organics from landfill, building retrofits, etc. and builds community resilience.
Green businesses rewarded for reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the CCM program by the district include the Net Zero Waste in Abbottsford, BC and the Landfill Gas Capture project by the Regional District of Nanaimo. Net Zero Waste is committed to building cleaner, greener communities with zero waste goal through their composting technology. The offsets are generated as a result of composting organic waste for 150,000 plus residents in the Fraser Valley which would otherwise end up in landfills producing harmful greenhouse gases. Net Zero Waste also is fully engaged in the community and regularly hosts community groups and students to raise awareness and interest in creating zero waste communities. The Landfill Gas Capture Project involves biogas recovery, conditioning and the destruction of the captured greenhouse gases reducing emissions locally here on Vancouver Island. Previously, the methane was released into the atmosphere. As a result, the project reduces over 20,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent GHGs and generating enough electricity to power over 1000 homes in BC.
For local governments, the CCM is positive way to meet their Climate Action Charter commitments while investing in the growth of their local low-carbon economy. Currently, 178 out of 182 communities in BC have made the commitment to become carbon neutral. Through its participation in the CCM, the District of Ucluelet is sending a clear message that they can support community solutions to climate change by investing in their local green economy.
The Community Carbon Marketplace is an initiative of Cowichan Energy Alternatives (CEA), a community non-profit organization. The CCM provides an accessible, transparent investment vehicle for contributing to the success of green initiatives that have the greatest potential for making a difference. CCM aims to set an ethical precedent in the BC Carbon market that true sustainability is about acting locally and thinking globally. _____________________________________________________________________________________________