Partners for Climate Protection Program
In 2005 the City of Brandon became a participant in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Partners for Climate Protection Program.
This program is a network of Canadian municipal governments that have committed to reducing greenhouse gases (GHG) and to acting on climate change. Over the last 20 years, over 250 municipalities have joined PCP, making a public commitment to reduce emissions. PCP membership covers all provinces and territories and accounts for more than 65 per cent of the Canadian population.
The PCP program has a five milestone framework for municipalities to work through at their own pace. The program has to streams Corporate (municipal operations) and Community (municipality at large).
Corporate sectors of GHG emissions (fleet, streetlights, waste, sewer and water, buildings) Community sectors of GHG emissions (transportation, residential, industrial, commercial and institutional).
Five milestone framework:
- Baseline GHG inventory
- Setting emission reduction targets
- Local Action Plan
- Implementation of action plan
- Monitor progress and report results
Brandon is the only municipality in Manitoba to date to have completed milestone 5 for both streams.
Currently the City of Brandon is working with FCM on establishing greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.
What have we undertaken to reduce Brandon’s greenhouse gas emissions?
Landfill Gas Recovery
The destruction of landfill gas is continuing at the Eastview Landfill Site. The City of Brandon has contracted out to COMCOR to develop the gas field; to meet the requirements identified in the provincial legislation and to find end users. This program will continue into the future with a life expectancy of 20 to 25 years. The city is continuing to explore an alternative use for the gas as opposed to flaring off the methane as carbon dioxide.
Over the next two years Manitoba Hydro will be upgrading all street lights to LED. Residents will notice a soft white light instead of the warm orange light. This will have tremendous energy savings for the city reducing our GHG emissions from streetlights by six tonnes CO2e.
Curbside Organics Collection
The City of Brandon has a Green Cart Program. This program is voluntary to homeowners who would like to recycle their organics. This city collects the organics from mid-April to Nov.1st. Kitchen scraps and yard waste can go into the green bin. The city processes the organics at the landfill to become a soil amendment which is given to the public at events and used within city operations.
In 2008 energy audits were done on 12 municipal buildings, upgrades to these buildings take place when budgets allow.