Last week, Edmonton city council passed a historic plan—the first in Canada to incorporate a carbon budget limiting how many greenhouse gas emissions the city can emit.
SSG helped crunch the numbers behind the ground-breaking carbon budget and we hope Edmonton will be the first of many Canadian municipalities to take this step.
SSG Co-Founder and Principal Yuill Herbert explains in an opinion piece in the National Observer:
“Cities are responsible for 42 per cent of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, which, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada, hit their highest level in more than a decade in 2018. If we are going to meet our national climate goals and help limit global warming, every Canadian municipality must follow Edmonton’s lead and adopt a city plan with a carbon budget.”
“This is a key step, because planning decisions made today can lock in levels of emissions for generations to come,” he added. “City plans shape the built environment, which shapes how people move around and the types of spaces they spend their time in, as well as the economic opportunities they can access.”
To read the rest of Yuill’s article on why every Canadian city needs a carbon budget, visit the National Observer.