Is North Cowichan really committed to being carbon-neutral?

While the Municipality was able to get to a carbon-neutral postion for its own operations in the years from 2013 to 2016, the same cannot be said for 2017 and 2018. As you can see in the graph above, there has a been a major rise in the Green House Gas emissions balance and we are back to 2012 levels.

This graph is based on on the CARIP (Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program) reports on the North Cowichan Website. These annual reports are prepared by the Municipality.

When the emissions started to rise in 2017, the Mayor and Council had the option to purchase carbon offsets to keep the Municipality carbon-neutral, they voted against purchasing the offsets.

Duncan, on the other hand, has been able to maintain its carbon-neutral position by investing in the Community Carbon Marketplace.

The Municipality of North Cowichan is not setting a very good example for the rest of the valley. If they are unable to reduce their corporate emissions - how do they expect the broader community to reach the target of a 33% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2025 or the more scientifically current targets of a 45% reduction by 2030 and net zero by 2050 that the UN’s International Panel on Climate Change says we need to reach to prevent runaway climate disruption.

There is no excuse for our Municipality not to be carbon-neutral, we own a 5,000-hectare forest and could be selling carbon offsets for reforestation that would more than cover the deficit.