A Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) guides the community's priorities and efforts with respect to its energy consumption, and identifies how to support activities that reduce our daily impacts at home, at work and in between.
Why create a Community Energy
and Emissions Plan?
In the future, it will be our children who live, work and play in Delta and we want to ensure that our community continues to be a great place to call home. The decisions we make today about energy and emissions related to our homes, businesses and transportation will affect future generations.
Delta is committed to helping the community reduce its contribution to climate change. The CEEP describes a course for the community to achieve this commitment.
There are many additional benefits to taking action to reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions, including:
- Reducing energy costs for the community (for residents and businesses)
- Reducing vulnerability to energy markets through reduced reliance on fossil fuels
- Creating local economic development opportunities in energy efficiency and green energy
- Supporting the community's goals for creating a livable, complete, green, planned, prosperous and involved community
Where We Are
An energy and emissions inventory was created for the community of Delta. This inventory summarizes all of the energy used and emissions produced within Delta. The inventory for 2007 shows that residents and businesses consumed almost 14 million Gigajoules of energy, mostly in the form of natural gas, electricity, gasoline and diesel fuel. This led to a total of 680,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, or about seven tonnes per person.
The 2007 GHG emissions inventory breaks down as follows:
Transportation: Almost 60 percent of our GHG emissions come from using fossil fuels in our vehicles. We use a combination of gasoline, diesel and propane to get ourselves around (to work, to school, to shop, to recreation activities), and to move people and goods for our businesses. This inventory includes only vehicles registered in Delta.
Buildings: Almost 40 percent of our GHG emissions come from heating, cooling and powering our buildings. The majority of these GHG emissions come from burning natural gas (almost 90 per cent), and the remaining come from electricity use.
Solid Waste: A portion of our GHG emissions come from our waste that goes to landfills where it decomposes and releases methane gas, a potent GHG. This inventory only includes GHG emissions from the solid waste generated by residents and businesses located in Delta.
Where We Want to Be
Through the CEEP development process, a vision, goals and targets will be established that describe where we want Delta to be in 25 years with respect to energy efficiency, energy sources, and our impact on climate change. This process will be completed summer 2013 and will involve Delta staff and Council, key stakeholders and community members.