Climate Change Actions and Ideas

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We're thrilled that our ambitious initiatives have been recognized with a nomination for a

2020 Climate and Energy Action Award for Climate Action in a Small Coastal Town.


In 2019, the City continued to strive in becoming more sustainable and reduce both its corporate and community carbon footprints, and you've been instrumental in achieving those goals. We look to you for helping us move forward.

The City has a five-point Climate Emergency Response, which includes:

  • a commitment to the City becoming carbon neutral in 2019 and beyond
  • direction to staff to prepare reports outlining recommended actions required to become carbon neutral
  • updating the community-wide target of reducing emissions
  • actions related to climate change mitigation and adaption, and plans needed to address the revised community emissions reduction target

Participate! We'd love to have your input!

We're thrilled that our ambitious initiatives have been recognized with a nomination for a

2020 Climate and Energy Action Award for Climate Action in a Small Coastal Town.


In 2019, the City continued to strive in becoming more sustainable and reduce both its corporate and community carbon footprints, and you've been instrumental in achieving those goals. We look to you for helping us move forward.

The City has a five-point Climate Emergency Response, which includes:

  • a commitment to the City becoming carbon neutral in 2019 and beyond
  • direction to staff to prepare reports outlining recommended actions required to become carbon neutral
  • updating the community-wide target of reducing emissions
  • actions related to climate change mitigation and adaption, and plans needed to address the revised community emissions reduction target

Participate! We'd love to have your input!

  • City nominated for provincial climate action award

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    18 August, 2020
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    The City has been nominated for a 2020 Climate and Energy Action Award for Climate Action in a Small Coastal Town. Our ambitious set of actions has reduced our carbon footprint in response to the climate emergency and helped us become carbon neutral in corporate operations since 2018 and saved the taxpayers thousands of dollars on reduced utility costs by becoming more energy efficient.

  • City approves fee for electric vehicle charging

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    18 August, 2020

    Effective April 9, 2020, electric vehicle owners began paying a rate of two-dollars an hour at Level 2 charging stations owned by the City.

  • 2019 Sustainability Actions

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    18 August, 2020
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    • Powell River City Hall, Museum and Archives, Public Works yard, and Dwight Hall were upgraded with new energy-efficient LED lights. The new lights will create a much better visual environment and save over $40,000 per year in utility costs with a 10 per cent return on capital investment.
    • The City partnered with BC Hydro to install the region’s first fast electric vehicle charging station at the North Harbour parking lot.
    • Fifteen homes in the community upgraded their heating system from fossil fuel to clean electric heat pumps with the help of CleanBC Better Homes rebates and City top-ups of $350 per heat. The program could result in an estimated annual greenhouse gas emissions reduction of more than 57 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, as well as cost savings to homeowners.
    • Low-speed electric vehicles are a new vehicle category now permitted on City streets. The City is looking at adding them to the municipal fleet.
    • The Green Vehicles and Equipment Policy and Green Buildings Policy were passed. The initiatives will reduce the city’s carbon footprint and reduce costs.
    • Self-watering planters for Marine Avenue were purchased, cutting fuel costs and carbon emissions, and freeing up staff time.
    • Sustainable upgrades at the Recreation Complex included: new low-emissivity ceilings at the ice rink and arena; new electric ice edger that will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimize lifecycle costs; new REALice Water System was approved for the Recreation Complex, with $23,000 allocated from the Community Works Fund. The energy efficiency will reduce costs of resurfacing the ice at Hap Parker Arena and the adjoining hockey rink
  • New technology will save money and reduce carbon footprint at Recreation Complex

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    18 August, 2020
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    New insulated ceilings for Hap Parker Arena and the rink, and a more energy efficient ice-making system at the Recreation Complex will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and offset energy costs at the Recreation Complex. The Complex is the City’s single largest source of GHG and utility costs.

  • Up to $3,500 in Heat Pump Rebates

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    18 August, 2020
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    The program has been extended through to March, 2022. New top-ups are now available for heat pump water heaters and electrical service upgrades.

    Switch from a fossil fuel (oil, gas, propane) powered heating system to an electric heat pump and receive:

    • Up to $3,000 per home through CleanBC Better Homes

    • Plus a $350 top-up for City of Powell River residents

    Visit CleanBC for more information.


    • Registration is first come, first served while quantities last or until March 2022.