Thunder Bay Net-Zero Strategy

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The Net-Zero Strategy was approved by City Council on June 7, 2021. Thank you to everyone who shared their insight and ideas throughout this process. As we move forward, we will continue to work closely with partners throughout Thunder Bay. Subscribe to the EarthCare Newsletter to receive updates about the implementation of the Net-Zero Strategy.

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Background


In 2019, the City of Thunder Bay received funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities - Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program and the Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development, and Mines - Municipal Energy Plan Program for the creation of a community energy and emissions plan (CEEP). EarthCare Thunder Bay initiated the planning process for the creation of a CEEP late 2019. The project is anticipated to be complete by July 2021 and will provide a slate of ambitious actions to increase energy efficiency and decrease GHG emissions throughout Thunder Bay.

Community Engagement During COVID-19

COVID-19 is transforming our world and affecting all of our daily lives. Planning for energy is one of the critical challenges we face. Help us continue this important work as we engage with stakeholders to develop the CEEP to identify and promote policies, practices, and an approach to energy that meets our needs and promotes sustainability into the future.

As of March 13, 2020 all in-person engagement was cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Survey summaries can be found under "What We Heard" and an overview of engagement can be found in Part 2 of the Net-Zero Strategy.

Graphic recording of the Net-Zero Strategy virtual launch event held on May 18, 2021. A high resolution version can be found in the Document Library.




The Net-Zero Strategy was approved by City Council on June 7, 2021. Thank you to everyone who shared their insight and ideas throughout this process. As we move forward, we will continue to work closely with partners throughout Thunder Bay. Subscribe to the EarthCare Newsletter to receive updates about the implementation of the Net-Zero Strategy.

Read the Plan:


Background


In 2019, the City of Thunder Bay received funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities - Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program and the Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development, and Mines - Municipal Energy Plan Program for the creation of a community energy and emissions plan (CEEP). EarthCare Thunder Bay initiated the planning process for the creation of a CEEP late 2019. The project is anticipated to be complete by July 2021 and will provide a slate of ambitious actions to increase energy efficiency and decrease GHG emissions throughout Thunder Bay.

Community Engagement During COVID-19

COVID-19 is transforming our world and affecting all of our daily lives. Planning for energy is one of the critical challenges we face. Help us continue this important work as we engage with stakeholders to develop the CEEP to identify and promote policies, practices, and an approach to energy that meets our needs and promotes sustainability into the future.

As of March 13, 2020 all in-person engagement was cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Survey summaries can be found under "What We Heard" and an overview of engagement can be found in Part 2 of the Net-Zero Strategy.

Graphic recording of the Net-Zero Strategy virtual launch event held on May 18, 2021. A high resolution version can be found in the Document Library.



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    Thunder Bay’s Net-Zero Strategy

    As a result of a climate emergency declaration in January of 2020, the City has moved towards a net-zero GHG emissions target for the community. This is a very ambitious target requiring partnerships with all community members and senior levels of government. Meeting the net-zero target is achievable and will transform our city into one that is climate-positive and a leader in Ontario and Canada.

    The Target: Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050.

    For Thunder Bay, “net-zero” means eliminating carbon emissions as much as possible and using carbon removal (i.e. natural and/or technological sequestration) to reduce remaining carbon emissions. Actions to mitigate GHG emissions will take Thunder Bay most of the way to the net-zero target. Purchasing carbon offsets, planting vegetation, and/or installing atmospheric carbon removal technology will also be required to reach net-zero emissions as we move to 2050.

    Provide your input!

    The draft Net-Zero Strategy (NZS) has been presented to City Council for consideration and we want to get your input on the key elements of this plan. The draft Net-Zero Strategy is available to download from the Document Library. Please check out the Strategy before completing the survey. Several very ambitious community targets need to be met and are presented below. Please provide your feedback and let us know where you need more information. 

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    Our Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) is bringing together staff, key stakeholders and the public to find ways to increase energy efficiency and decrease greenhouse gas emissions throughout Thunder Bay.

    This survey is designed to help understand the concerns of the community and respond to them accordingly. There will be more opportunities to take part, stay engaged!

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