City of New Westminster awarded for greenhouse gas emission reduction
New Westminster – The City of New Westminster has been recognized by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities as a national leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Highlighted as one of thirty-one municipalities in Canada, the City of New Westminster has achieved the final milestone in the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program.
“Environmental stewardship is a core value in the policies and programs of New Westminster,” said Mayor Jonathan X. Coté. “From the duel fuel vehicles at the police department and city works yard, to the high efficiency boilers and heat recovery systems in our civic buildings, New Westminster has excelled in its energy-saving projects.”
The Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program consists of a five milestone framework used to guide and support municipalities in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The program focuses on reductions in four areas: buildings, lighting, water, and vehicles. During the program the City of New Westminster has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 9.5% or 406 tonnes of CO₂e.
Completion of this program has placed New Westminster in a leadership position to help mentor and encourage other municipalities that are working toward better energy and greenhouse gas management.
The City continues to monitor and report on greenhouse gas reductions and seek new opportunities to further reduce energy emissions and build a community that is both efficient and ready for the future.