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City Receives International Recognition for Recent Climate Action Efforts

Successfully addressing climate change will not depend on any single year’s worth of efforts – we’ll continue working on this issue for decades to come! But our 2021 efforts were a substantial step forward and are being recognized by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM).

The GCoM is a global alliance for municipal climate leadership, built on the commitment of over 11,500 cities and local governments to tackle climate change issues. It awards badges to recognize achievement and engagement in three key areas:

  • climate change mitigation through the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • adaption to climate change impacts
  • access to clean and affordable energy

The City of Fredericton is receiving the following badges for our efforts in 2021:

  • Mitigation – Target: for committing to a community-wide GHG emissions reduction target of at least 30% by 2030
  • Mitigation – Plan: for adopting a community-wide plan to reduce GHG emissions
  • Adaptation – CRVA: for submitting a Climate Risk Vulnerability Assessment
  • Adaptation – Goal: for setting climate change adaptation goals through a vision statement, goal or theme areas and objectives
  • Adaptation – Plan: for adopting a community-wide plan to adapt to the specific climate vulnerabilities and risks identified and achieve the goals prescribed

In 2021, we developed and released our Community Energy & Emissions Plan and our Corporate Energy & Emissions Plan. In February 2022, Mayor and Council adopted updated corporate and community GHG emissions reduction targets of 50% by 2030 and net-zero by 2050. Work towards climate mitigation and adaption has included the release of our municipal Climate Change Adaptation Plan, installing solar power systems on three municipal buildings, launching smart energy projects (including switching all street and traffic lights to LED), increasing the size of culverts and stormwater pipes to prepare for increased rainfall, and raising key sections of roads to prepare for flooding. These are only a few of the actions we’ve taken to lower the City’s carbon footprint and make our City more resilient in the face of a changing climate.

“I am thrilled to accept these badges on behalf of our City,” said Mayor Kate Rogers. “These commendations speak to Fredericton’s commitment and over twenty years of work on climate change adaptation and mitigation. But there is a lot of work left to be done – we will continue towards our GHG reduction goals in 2022 and beyond.”

The City has now earned a total of six badges in the mitigation and adaptation fields. In 2022 we will aim towards earning a badge in the access to energy field by working on home energy efficiency engagement programs that will connect home and business owners with the best information and resources and existing incentive programs.