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Corporate Emissions Action Plan

Greener Alternative Truck for Waste Reduction on the street in Surrey.

The City of Surrey is committed to fostering a livable and resilient community through action on sustainability. This begins with leadership in our own operations.

To demonstrate this, we've committed to reduce corporate greenhouse gas emissions by 20% below baseline levels before 2020. Check out the Sustainability Dashboard to see how we’re doing in our efforts to reduce GHG emissions from the City fleet and facilities.

Corporate Emissions Action Plan

The Corporate Emissions Action Plan (CEAP) outlines our strategies to reduce energy use through innovations to City buildings, fleet, infrastructure and engagement.

The CEAP identifies actions and defines targets for reducing GHG emissions across the organization. It also outlines implementation requirements, roles and responsibilities, monitoring and reporting requirements, and financing opportunities to assist with plan implementation.

Carbon Neutral Corporate Operations

As a signatory to the BC Climate Action Charter, the City of Surrey committed to the goal of becoming carbon neutral in our corporate operations, which the Province defines as:

  1. Measuring GHG emissions
  2. Reducing GHG emissions
  3. Offsetting or 'balancing' remaining emissions through investments in local GHG reduction projects; and,
  4. Reporting to the public on actions taken.

In 2015, the City achieved carbon neutrality through the Vancouver Landfill Gas Capture Upgrade project and the City's yard waste collection program. In other words, the GHG emissions generated by our facilities and fleet were "offset" or balanced by these projects, which reduced the equivalent number of emissions.

Corporate Actions to Reduce GHG emissions

We're reducing our corporate GHG emissions through a number of actions, including testing new technologies and approaches that demonstrate leadership and innovation:

International Commitments

The City of Surrey is committed to working collaboratively with international partners to demonstrate and promote leadership on climate action.

  • We signed the Mexico City Pact, which was initiated at the World Mayors Summit on Climate in 2010.
  • As part of the Mexico City Pact, we also reported our corporate and community GHG emissions on the Carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR).
  • In 2015, we joined the Compact of Mayors, the world's largest coalition of city leaders addressing climate change by pledging to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.