The City of Hamilton is on a mission to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Climate change impacts all of us. Locally the impacts of climate change not only cause millions of dollars of infrastructure damage, but damages homes, businesses, and puts people at increased risk to their health and safety.
Locally climate change is seen in:
- the increased frequency and severity of heat waves causing drought
- the increased severity and frequency of storms, heavy precipitation leading to flooding, shoreline and escarpment erosion.
These negative effects will worsen as the level of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere continues to rise. Just as the City is taking action, it is critical that everyone who lives, works, plays and learns in Hamilton makes changes to reduce their carbon footprint at home, at work, and in their everyday lives.
The City’s Corporate Climate Change Task Force (CCCTF) is made up of staff from all departments working collaboratively to identify, coordinate, and advance climate change actions and priorities across the City of Hamilton. The Task Force aims to support a culture shift ensuring that climate change is understood as a collective corporate responsibility and that a climate change lens is incorporated into routine work across all City departments.
Central to environmental sustainability and climate resiliency is changing how the City works and conduct City business, and understanding how municipal policy can have a climate positive impact on the corporation and in the community as a whole. Taking action on Climate Change requires a comprehensive, coordinated and multidisciplinary approach and includes a focus on two major streams of work:
- climate mitigation: reduction of greenhouse gases (the cause of climate change)
- climate adaptation: decreasing impacts and preparing for unavoidable impacts.
This will improve Hamilton’s resiliency to help Hamilton continue now, and in the future, to be the best place to raise a child and age successfully.
City of Hamilton’s Corporate Climate Change Goals
The Corporate Climate Change Task Force (CCCTF) mandate is to collect, coordinate and advocate for corporate-wide climate change action and to centralize climate change reporting on a semi-annual basis. Working on these nine (9) overarching goals and areas of focus for both climate mitigation and adaptation is the start of Hamilton’s corporate-wide approach to taking accelerated climate change action to reduce GHG emissions. These goals and areas of focus were developed using recent scientific evidence and research including technical low carbon scenario modelling completed by Sustainability Solutions Group (SSG) and whatIf? Technologies.
Goal 1 Buildings
To increase the number of new and existing high performance state-of-the-art buildings that improve energy efficiency and adapt to a changing climate.
Goal 2 Active and Sustainable Travel
To change the modal split and investigate strategies so that more trips are taken by active and sustainable transportation than single use occupancy vehicles.
Goal 3 Transportation
To accelerate the uptake of modes of transportation that are low and/or zero emissions.
Goal 4 Planning
To ensure a climate change lens is applied to all planning initiatives to encourage the use of best climate mitigation and adaptation practices.
Goal 5 Procurement
To procures goods, services and construction from vendors who conduct their business in a sustainable and ethical manner that considers equity, diversity and inclusion that contributes to the greater good of the community.
Goal 6 Protect and Restore the Natural Environment
To increase our carbon sinks and local food production through the preservation and enhancement of the natural environmental, including local farmland.
Goal 7 Climate Adaptation
To improve Hamilton’s climate resiliency by decreasing our vulnerability to extreme weather, minimizing future damages, take advantage of opportunities, and better recover from future damages.
Goal 8 Diversity, Health and Inclusion
To ensure all our work promotes equity, diversity, health and inclusion and improves collaboration and consultation with all marginalized groups, including local Indigenous Peoples.
Goal 9 Education and Awareness
To increase the knowledge and empower City staff and the Hamilton community including business, NGO’s and individual citizens while advocating to higher levels of government to take action on climate change.
Hamilton’s Climate Change Actions
The are several climate change pathways the City of Hamilton is taking action on to reduce GHG emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change. To learn more see the following ongoing plans:
- Hamilton’s Corporate Energy Policy and GHG Emissions Inventory
- Hamilton’s Community Energy and Emissions Plan
- Hamilton’s Climate Impact Adaptation Survey (Coming Soon)
- Hamilton’s Urban Forest Strategy
- Hamilton’s Transportation Master Plan
- Bay Area Climate Change Office
- Sustainable Hamilton Burlington Building Energy And Emissions Profile
- Hamilton’s Flood Preparedness
- Hamilton’s Low Impact Development - Stormwater
- Hamilton’s Stormwater Management Ponds
Scientific evidence used to inform City work on climate change
- Hamilton’s 2019 Annual Corporate Energy Report
- Hamilton and Burlington Low-Carbon Scenario and Technical Report 2016 - 2050
- Taking Action on Climate Change in Hamilton – A Community Plan
- The Science of Climate Change: Climate Data for the City of Hamilton
Reports and Documents
- November 4 2020 City of Hamilton Updated Timelines, SMART Corporate Goals and Areas of Focus for Climate Mitigation and Adaptation
- December 4 2019 City of Hamilton Corporate Goals and Areas of Focus for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
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