Environment | March 27, 2023
Last week, Council members endorsed a motion to reaffirm and strengthen the City’s commitment to climate action. The City will examine new interim 2030 targets to help reach net zero by or before 2050. These ambitious new targets along with identified actions will help limit the effects of climate change in Mississauga and aims to keep global warming within the global 1.5 degree Celsius goal.
“Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our generation. We are continuing to see its effects throughout Mississauga and the world with extreme storms, warmer temperatures and increased flooding – which impacts our wildlife, infrastructure and livelihoods,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We must hold ourselves accountable. However, we cannot do it alone. We must continue to work with other levels of government to advocate for funding as we look to fast track our goal of achieving net zero to ensure our community and our city remains resilient for future generations to come.”
In 2019, City Council declared a climate emergency and adopted the Climate Change Action Plan. The plan aims to decrease the City’s carbon footprint and prepare for the effects of a changing climate. It includes 89 actions, of which more than 70 per cent have been completed or are currently underway.
“It was great to have members of Future Majority at Council this week to hear their position on mandating green development standards – updating these standards are another way for the City to ensure that new private developments will be lower carbon,” said Jodi Robillos, Commissioner, Community Services. “The science is clear and the City is committed to accelerating our targets and action pathways by leveraging new technologies and innovative solutions. This year, we’re continuing to electrify our corporate fleet, install additional electric vehicle charging stations, build net-zero facilities like Fire Station 125 and design a home energy retrofit program for residents.”
Learn more about the City’s Climate Change Action Plan and its progress by visiting: mississauga.ca/projects-and-strategies/city-projects/climate-change-action-plan
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