The City is updating its Community Energy Transition Strategy to align with the international target of limiting global warming to 1.5 degree Celsius, as urged by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Scientists identified the 1.5 degree mark as the threshold to prevent climate destabilization and ensure a more sustainable and equitable society for all.
To meet this target, Edmonton must stay within a local carbon budget of 155 Megatonnes. This is the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions Edmonton can release from now until 2050. At our current emissions rate, that budget will be used up in eight to 10 years. Put another way, Edmontonians will have to decrease their greenhouse gas emissions from 20 tonnes per person to 3.2 tonnes per person by 2030, and to zero tonnes by 2050.
The updated strategy outlines different ways the City can achieve these targets using six pillars called “Climate Shifts.” The shifts are policies, actions and solutions that will reduce and capture greenhouse gas emissions, prepare for a changing climate, increase energy efficiency and use more renewable energy sources.
Working within the local carbon budget of 155 Megatonnes, the City will present and seek advice on the six “Climate Shifts” through Engage Edmonton public engagement sessions.
For more information about the update, visit the Energy Transition Strategy Update page.