While the causes for these reductions are complex, two key contributing factors include ongoing improvements to energy and fuel efficiency in buildings, vehicles and appliances, and the conversion of the provincial electricity grid to renewable and alternative energy.
Let’s not forget the climate actions of every citizen, organization and company in Edmonton, too. Every car trip avoided, every degree turned down on the thermostat and every solar panel installed in Edmonton, has brought us closer to our climate mitigation goals.
In fact, Edmontonians have reported taking over 21,455 actions on our Change for Climate blog since 2017.
We know that there is still progress to be made. The City of Edmonton is continuing to show our commitment to climate leadership through the update to our Energy Transition Strategy, which will align our goals with the international ambition to maintain global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees. Progress on this work will be presented to the City Council this fall.
Let’s keep up the good work, Edmonton! If you haven’t already, we’d encourage you to join the movement and share what actions you are taking to make a change for climate.