At an upcoming committee of the whole meeting, Kamloops council will dive into significant efforts to support emissions reductions goals.
The city is working toward a climate action plan and last year approved aligning itself with ambitious global efforts to maintain a 1.5 C temperature increase, as set out in the Paris Agreement.
The development and sustainability committee has heard that a consultant will present to council a summary of climate action efforts completed to date, as well as what city sustainability supervisor Glen Cheetham called“big moves” that work toward emissions reduction efforts.
Cheetham told the committee that council’s initiative, which was spearheaded by Coun. Arjun Singh, who also chairs the committee, has been a challenge.
The city is working with a consultant to develop intensified climate action policies.
Singh said when it comes to the options that will be laid out by staff, “ultimately, council has to decide.”
Singh previously told KTW he is willing to lose an election over the issue of climate change. When he made his pitch to city council last summer to align the city with global goals, he called the issue “non-negotiable.”
“It’s not negotiable, in my view,” he said.
“I think that’s what we have to really think about. Are we just going to sit here? ... Think about your kids and your grandkids. In my case, my niece and my nephew. I don’t want to give them a world where they said, ‘Arjun, you kicked the can down the road.’”
Coun. Dieter Dudy added that council will need to make tough decisions, while some members of the community may disagree.
“We have to show bold leadership,” Dudy said.
The committee of the whole meeting at which this will be discussed will be held on March 10.
As the city focuses on a climate action strategy, it is simultaneously working on an electric vehicle strategy, a single use carry-out bag ban and an energy retrofit program.
The city is monitoring the response of the City of Victoria and province, in light of the Supreme Court quashing an attempt by the capital to ban bags.
In the wake of that decision, the province is planning to introduce its own plastic bag ban in the coming weeks.
The federal government has also announced its own plan.
Meanwhile, the energy retrofit program, which aims to encourage energy saving upgrades to old buildings, will be “quite ambitious,” Cheetham said, with the goal of retrofitting between 300 and 500 older buildings per year.