Fredericton joins Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy Showcase Cities pilot in Canada

The City of Fredericton was selected to join the first Showcase Cities cohort led by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM) Canada. Over the next year, Fredericton will receive intensive support to help reduce our community’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to climate change.

Municipalities are on the front lines of climate change, and through this pilot project which includes technical support, training, exclusive networking opportunities and access to tools and resources, Fredericton will advance our ambitious climate action objectives.

 “This is another step along your city’s exciting journey to environmental and fiscal resilience and sustainability,” said Fredericton Mayor Mike O’Brien.  “We look forward to taking part in this intiative.”

Municipalities are leading the way on low-carbon solutions—from building retrofits to cleaner transit fleets. And with municipalities influencing half of Canada’s GHG emissions, scaling up local solutions is key to meeting Canada’s climate targets. During this pilot period, the City of Fredericton will set new goals and targets that build on the 34% reduction in GHG emissions we’ve seen in our municipal operations over the past 15 years and the 20% reduction in emissions in our community over the past two decades. We will also release our Climate Change Adaptation Plan, leveraging this opportunity to refine our goals and targets.

The Global Covenant of Mayors Canada is a collaboration between FCM, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, the Global Covenant of Mayors Secretariat and the International Urban Cooperation Project supported by funding from the European Union.

“Together we are creating ambitious plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and preparing our communities for the impacts of a changing climate,” said Megan Meaney, Executive Director of the Canada office of ICLEI.

The initiative combines two leading domestic climate programs, the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program and Building Adaptive and Resilient Communities (BARC), with the leading global climate program. The GCoM Canada is piloting this approach, which will build on FCM and ICLEI’s more than 25 years’ experience in delivering climate change programs in Canada.