City Awarded Badge of Honour for Climate Action Leadership

Fredericton successfully completes Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy Showcase Cities pilot

The City of Fredericton is among twenty-five municipalities across Canada that successfully completed an intensive pilot focusing on local climate action.

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

The City was awarded with the Mitigation – Inventory badge from the Global Covenant for Mayors (GCoM) during the pilot period. This badge acknowledges that the City of Fredericton has updated its community greenhouse gas emissions inventory in line with global standards set by GCOM and other partners.

“The City of Fredericton has been a consistent leader in taking action around climate change”, said Mayor Mike O’Brien.  “I’m proud of the work we’ve done so far. The sustainable choices we make today will guarantee our success in mitigating and tackling future issues around climate change in a post-pandemic world.”

The updated inventory allows the City of Fredericton to assess where the community is on our collaborative journey towards net zero. It sets the stage for our renewed Community Energy and Emissions Plan – set to be reviewed by Council later this month. The plan establishes a new emissions reduction target for the community and outlines actions the City, residents and businesses can take to meet the target, including reducing energy use in our homes, business and transportation network.

By participating in this pilot, Fredericton has been recognized as a leader on local climate action both nationally and internationally.

About the Global Covenant of Mayors Canada partners

The Global Covenant of Mayors Canada is a collaboration between the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (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.

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.  

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is the national voice of municipal governments, with 2,000 members representing more than 90 per cent of the Canadian population.

ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability is an international association of local governments committed to sustainability. The Canada offices work with local governments across the country to meet with their sustainability objectives.

The International Urban Cooperation (IUC) programme is part of a long-term strategy by the European Union to foster sustainable urban development in cooperation with both the public and private sectors.

The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM) is the largest global alliance for climate leadership, uniting a global coalition of over 10,000 cities and local governments. By 2030, GCoM cities and local governments could collectively reduce 1.3 billion tons of CO2 emissions per year. That’s the equivalent of taking 276 million cars off the road.