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Community Climate Action Strategy

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Surrey’s Integrated Approach to Climate Action

Surrey’s Community Climate Action Strategy (CCAS) is composed of two complementary climate action plans: the Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) and the Climate Adaptation Strategy (CAS).

  • The Community Energy and Emissions Plan seeks to guide the community in reducing energy spending and limiting greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The Climate Adaptation Plan identifies how the City may be vulnerable to climate change impacts and proposes actions to mitigate the risks and costs of such impacts.

These two climate action plans fulfill key commitments made in the Sustainability Charter and created under the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) and Building Adaptive & Resilient Communities (BARC) Programs. Together, these two plans reinforce the City’s broad efforts at establishing a prosperous and resilient 21st century urban centre.

"The benefits of strong, early action on climate change outweigh the costs".  
~Nicholas Stern, World Bank Chief Economist

Linkages Between Mitigation and Adaptation

Adaptation and mitigation activities have the potential to be mutually supportive when carefully planned and carried out. The graphic below shows the linkages that exist between activities addressing both mitigation and adaptation.

Mitigation activities include:

  • Sustainable Transportation (e.g. investing in transit, walking or cycling infrastructure)
  • Energy Conservation & Efficiency (e.g. turning down your thermostat, installing weather stripping)
  • Renewable Energy (e.g. solar, wind)
  • Capture & Use of Landfill Gas (e.g. Methane or "Biogas")

Adaptation activities include:

  • Infrastructure Upgrades (e.g. sewers and culverts)
  • Health Programs (e.g. cooling centres, West Nile Virus response, smog alerts)
  • Emergency Planning (e.g. business continuity plans, critical infrastructure inventory)
  • Programs for vulnerable people during extreme weather (e.g. warming shelters)

Activities with Linkages to both Mitigation & Adaptation:

  • Land Use (e.g. urban forests, urban containment, local food)
  • Infrastructure (e.g. green/white roofs, energy efficient buildings, stormwater/waste water management)
  • Social Resilience (e.g. sustainable communities)

Four Areas of Focus for Integrated Climate Action

In Surrey we’ve developed strategies to reduce GHG emissions and simultaneously increase our resilience to climate change impacts. These mutually reinforcing actions are categorized into four areas:

  1. Ecosystem Protection, Hazard Avoidance and Compact Land Use
  2. Ecosystem Health and Carbon Sequestration
  3. Heat Management and Passive Solar
  4. Community Energy Systems and Self-sufficiency

 

For more information on our plans for more sustainable communities in Surrey, see our Sustainability Charter.