Wednesday, September 14, 2011

WL Council adopts Green Fleet Strategy

From the City of Williams Lake:

City Council has adopted a Green Fleet Strategy as guiding document for the operation and management of the City’s Fleet as the City works to meet its commitment to reduce carbon emissions.

The green fleet strategy summarizes the research completed and identifies actions to be undertaken by City staff and managers in order to reduce emissions of the fleet. It allows for the City to make an organized and directed approach to improving the overall efficiency of the City’s fleet during its operations. This also has the positive side effects of reducing fuel and maintenance costs, improving the resiliency of the fleet, and promoting environmentally conscious actions to the community. These actions can also be undertaken by private fleets and individuals with their personal vehicles

The City of Williams Lake has committed to reducing its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 33% below 2008 levels by 2020 and by 80% below 2008 levels by 2050. The City has also committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2012. To meet these goals, the City must aggressively cut emissions as much as possible, and then purchase carbon offsets to balance its remaining emissions. The fleet is the largest emitter of the City’s corporate emissions, responsible for 48% or 349 tonnes of the City’s 763 tonnes of GHG emissions, as determined by the 2009 GHG inventory.

“No one action will allow us to meet our Climate Action Charter obligations – we have to have a comprehensive approach to reducing our emissions,” says Mayor Kerry Cook. “This fleet strategy lays out the work ahead to tackle emissions from our largest source of emissions.”

For more information please contact:

Geoff Goodall - General Manager of Planning & Operations
The City of Williams Lake
Ph:250 392-1766

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