The District of Ucluelet has achieved Level 3 “Achievement of Carbon Neutrality” status for municipal operations following the purchase of verified carbon offsets from Offsetters.ca. Ucluelet has committed to carbon neutral operations as a signatory of the BC Climate Action Charter.
Climate Action Plan
In March of 2019, Ucluelet adopted its first Climate Action Plan, plan, which set ambitious 2050 targets of 100% Renewable Energy and 80% reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. Funded by the FCM Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program, the plan includes an inventory of community emissions, goals to achieve the targets, and strategies to achieve those goals. This effort led to the awarding of FCM Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) Milestone 4 and Milestone 2 for action community and corporate emissions, respectively.
Ucluelet has moved forward on other important climate action initiatives in 2019 including:
- The District purchased 4 dual port Level 2 EV charging stations and supported community efforts that will result in a total of 9 level 2 charging locations and 2 DC fast-charging stations installed in 2020.
- Ucluelet was successful in its application for a $150,000 grant from the Province of BC to complete flood risk mapping of the community’s coastline. The flood risk mapping will also assist in refining tsunami inundation levels that will support emergency response planning.
Ucluelet is also conducting detailed risk assessments to identify current and future climate impacts to the coastal community. The result will be a new climate adaptation plan by early 2020, a funded project developed under the ICLEI Changemakers Project. With these plans falling into place, the municipality will be able to incorporate future actions into the District’s 5-year financial planning process. The implementation and monitoring of these actions will also be incorporated into the District’s annual reporting process.