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City of Burlington Joins Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy Showcase Cities Pilot in Canada

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*Please see below a media release from the City of Burlington.

Burlington, Ont. — Dec. 18, 2019 — The City of Burlington is among twenty-five municipalities across Canada selected to participate in a pilot program with the leading global climate initiative.

Burlington 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, Burlington will receive support from GCOM on its Strategic Plan commitment to reduce 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, Burlington will advance its ambitious community climate action objectives.

The Global Covenant of Mayors Canada is a collaboration among the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives – 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.” — 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. 

About the Global Covenant of Mayors Canada partners

  • The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is the national voice of municipal governments, with nearly 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 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 nearly 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.

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MAYOR MEED WARD’S TAKE:

Municipalities, like Burlington, are leading the way on low-carbon initiatives— from building retrofits to greening our transit fleets. Municipalities are the source of half of Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, so implementing as many changes under a climate lens is key to meeting Canada’s climate targets. Burlington is finalizing our community Climate Action Plan where key programs will focus on deep-energy retrofits of existing buildings, low-carbon designs for new buildings, use of renewable energy wherever possible, and working towards a modal split and electric transportation. Burlington has already done much, but more is needed and that is why the development of a new Climate Adaptation Strategy will begin in the new year. Burlington has declared a climate emergency and is showing leadership by continuing to take action on climate change.

*Posted by John Bkila, the Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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4 thoughts on “City of Burlington Joins Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy Showcase Cities Pilot in Canada”

  1. I very much agree with & applaud what Hugh Hand stated above.

    We cannot keep our garbage off the streets, plastic out of our Oceans or provide a clean consistent source of drinking water to our 1st nations, yet we think we (here in Canada) can change the climate?.

    In my opinion, this is just a pie in the sky dream that the media has latched onto as a source of “scary” stories & headlines. Also politicians have latched onto this as a never ending tax revenue that they can spend without having to account for any of it, until many years down the road when they will be out of office & it will be someone else’s problem.

    Do I accept climate change as a reality, yes of course, but I do not accept the current “sky is falling” narrative that some groups are pushing.

  2. Man is responsible for only .28% of Green House Gas, nature provides the rest with 95% coming from water vapor. Man has no control of water vapor.
    Also CO2 is one of the weakest gases in green house effect.
    Be careful what you get us into because many dollars can be spent trying to control the uncontrollable with virtually no measurable affect on Global Warming or Cooling aka Climate Change.
    Also do not confuse Climate Change with Pollution, they are 2 separate subjects that get mixed together.

    Canada’s economy and standard of living is being threatened by radical misinformed information on Climate Change.

  3. Proud of our stance on the environment and we have known since 1970 that something had to be done and take action asap. The chances of everybody being on the same page appears to be elusive at the present time. We are on the right track and that is so important today.

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