The City of Williams Lake has released their 2015 Climate Action Report.
Director of Development Services Leah Hartley, says the City has been doing the reports since 2011 and that overall carbon emissions from City operations are dropping.
“That’s the good news for us. We are working away to our target which was to reduce emissions by 33% by year 2020 and that’s going to be a difficult target for us, but we are working away at it.”
The City of Williams Lake was one of 170 local governments across the province to submit the annual report to the provincial government, tracking progress towards carbon neutrality.
It’s unclear if the proposed burning of rail-ties by Atlantic Power would impact those levels.
“We would have to go through their reports in detail and redo our calculations to show how that would affect the City overall,”says Hartley. “It’s an important consideration within the City.”
Hartley says Atlantic Power is also in discussions to reuse their steam and heat emissions which could be transferred to businesses to use as a heat source.
946 tonnes of corporate green house gas emissions were measured in 2015 according to the report which can be found on the City’s website.