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Energy Matters Summit

Climate Change Strategy for the Geographic Region of Peel April 27, 2010

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Overview Interactive InteractivePolling Polling Climate ClimateChange ChangeStrategy Strategyfor forthe the Geographic Geographic Region Regionof ofPeel Peel •• ••

About Aboutthe theplan plan About Aboutthe thepartners partners

The ThePower Powerof of the thePartnership Partnership Approach Approach •• ••

Strengths Strengthsand andopportunities opportunities Lessons Lessonslearned learned

Question Questionand andAnswer Answer Period Period


Test - What Day is it Today? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday TGIF!


What Type of Organization Do You Represent? 1. Municipality 2. Conservation Authority 3. Private Sector Firm 4. Not-for-Profit 5. Other


Does Your Organization Have a Climate Change Plan/Strategy? 1. 2. 3. 4.

Yes No It is being developed We’re considering it


Is Your Organization Based in Peel?

1. Yes 2. No


What “Sector” Do You Most Identify With? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Agriculture Built Form Energy Human Services ICIs Natural Heritage Public Health Public Infrastructure Water Transportation


What is Climate Change?  Any change in climate over time whether due to natural variability or as a result of human activity that cause greenhouse gases (GHGs).  GHGs have increased markedly since 1750 and far exceed pre-industrial values.


What Are the Largest Sources of GHG Emissions in Ontario? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Agriculture Waste Residential Energy Transportation


Sources of Local GHG Emissions

Source: Ontario Emission Actual Percentages by GGAP Theme, 2008 National GHG Inventory


Mitigation and Adaptation Mitigation

Adaptation

Reduced Air Travel

Green Roofs

Sewer Upgrades

Capture Landfill Gas

Better Insulation

Heat Alert System

Expand Transit Use

Permeable Pavement

Vector Disease Eradication

Energy Conservation

Reduce Peak Demand

Control of Invasive Species

Active Transportation

Expand Tree Canopy

And others….

And others…

Business Continuity Planning And others…

Source: U of T and OPPI Professional Development Course: Preparing for Climate Change, October 2008.


How Will our Climate Change? Global Climate Model Projections for Region – 2050s Annual Mean Temps Warming 2.6 – 4.0 °C

Annual Mean Precip Increasing 6-10%

Scenario data from AR4 CGCM3 and HadCM3 Changes relative to 1961-1990 Baseline Climate


Key Findings: A Changing Climate  Increase to annual and seasonal temperatures  Slight increase in annual and seasonal precipitation  An increase in the number of extreme heat days  Change to the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events Caledon HillsLake, Brampton Professor’s


There Are, and Will Be, Local Effects

Don Valley Flooding, Toronto (Photo Courtesy of Heather Auld, 2009)

Thunderstorm, Mississauga, 2009

Tornado, Vaughan, 2009


Potentially Affected Sectors in Peel Agriculture

Natural Heritage

Built Form

Transportation

Energy

Water Resources

Human Services

Public Infrastructure

Industrial/ Commercial/ Institutional

Public Health


Impacts on Municipalities While it is up to each nation, province, region, and community to do their part in dealing with the effects of climate change, it is the communities that are at the frontline of the sustainability challenge and where the effects of climate change will be hardest felt The community is where the impacts of poor air and water quality, climate change and diminishing natural resources will be observed. It’s where people live, work and play. Peel Region Official Plan Review: Sustainability – Background Paper, 2008


The Role of Municipalities “Municipal governments have direct or indirect influence over activities accounting for 44 per cent of GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions in Canada, including waste management, transportation, and commercial and residential building design.” There is “large, untapped potential” to achieve low-cost GHG reductions in these areas [at the municipal level]. Federation of Canadian Municipalities, 2009


Peel is Responding…  The six partners are taking climate change seriously by developing a Strategy to address two major questions: 

What can we do on a local level to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change? What can we do to prepare for local impacts due to a changing climate?


Region of Peel


The Six Partners


Do You Have Experience Working on Multi-Stakeholder Projects? 1. 2. 3. 4.

Very Experienced Some Experience No Experience Would Like To


Getting the Partners Together What’s in Our Toolbox?

 Steering Committee  Project Charter  Project Manager and Project Sponsor  Terms of Reference  Request for Proposal  Evaluation Committee  Project Team


Steering Committee  Guides and Directs Works    

Senior Staff from partner organizations Meet at key milestones Build consensus and support Communicates to other senior staff


Project Charter  Sets Goals and Business Objectives        

Identified shared mandates Agreed to goals and objectives In and out of scope Timeline Key Milestones Risks Resources Roles and responsibilities


Terms of Reference  Goals, objectives and scope of work   

Based on the Project Charter Used for the RFP More details around deliverables and consultation Identified key tasks


Evaluation Committee  Reviewed and evaluated Vendor bids   

Representation from each partner Consensus Regional Purchasing Staff coordinated the process


Project Team  Exert Staff and Input  

   

Representation from each partner Experts in environmental and climate change work Provides direction for research resources Reviews and comments on drafts Feedback on timelines and workplan Assists with organizing and facilitating workshops Liaison with other staff


Process for Developing the Climate Change Strategy


Climate Change Strategy  Scope of Work: 

 

Prepare a strategy for the geographic region of Peel to mitigate and adapt to climate change; Assist the partners with focusing their resources for climate change work Provide future direction for the partners; and Implementation will be a shared responsibility that will be carried out as appropriate by the partners.


Using the Strategy  The Strategy will be used: 

To show leadership on climate change issues;

To highlight ongoing programs and initiatives;

To demonstrate how existing programs and initiatives align with/ can be viewed as GHG mitigation and adaptation measures;

To integrate concepts and compatible actions from various disciplines/sectors at the strategic planning level;

As a roadmap for next steps;

As a reference point for newly suggested activities;

As a basis for future prioritization of climate change adaptation actions/initiatives; and

As a living document to be updated as circumstances/approaches change.

Strategic Plan for Climate Change


Our Process Approvals/Adoption Early 2011

Strategic Planning

Finalize Strategy Stakeholder & Council Consultation Fall 2010

Information Gathering

Develop the Strategy Current Actions & Identifying Gaps Stakeholder Workshop #1 – Impacts & Actions

Background Research – What is being done in & outside Peel? Project Start – Up & Consultant Retention Summer/Fall 2009


Overview of Workplan  Timing:

Late October 2009 to Early 2011

 Tasks:

Task 1: Adaptation Background Research Task 2: Mitigation Strategies Research Task 3: Preparing the Draft Strategy Task 4: Finalizing the Strategy

 Product: Climate Change Strategy for the Geographic Region of Peel

Strategic Plan for Climate Change


Strengths of Partnerships


Some Emerging Lessons About Partnerships…  Each partner organization is working on a number of ongoing activities and programs 

Important to accurately capture and reflect this information

 Each partner organization is at a different point along the climate change “continuum” 

Wide range of activities and understanding of the subject matter across the organizations.

Green Roof in Peel


Some Emerging Lessons About Partnerships…  Important to ensure all partners are comfortable with the process, timelines and outcomes 

Flexibility to adjust the project timeframes is critical

 Clear communication about climate change impacts and the urgency for action are critical  Communication about the intent, outcomes and cost of the Strategy are very important, especially with decision-makers

Pearson International Airport, Mississauga


Strength in Partnerships  Partners recognize that not all of the mitigation and adaption work can be completed (or led) by one organization – all have a role to play.


Strength in Partnerships  Cross-sectoral brainstorming has brought out creative ideas to feed into the Strategy


Strength in Partnerships  Opportunities for collaboration have emerged during the development of the Strategy and will continue during implementation


Strength in Partnerships  In addition to the six partners, there are supporting roles for residents, businesses and other agencies to play. The partners are working to reach out to others in Peel and beyond.


Did You Learn Something New Today? 1. Yes 2. No 3. Sorry, Was Thinking About Dinner!


Would You Like to Participate in Our Planning Process? 1. Yes! I’ll Give You My Contact Info! 2. No Thanks! Interesting Stuff Though!


Energy Matters Summit

Thank you! Questions? www.peelregion.ca/climatechange Leilani Lee-Yates Principal Planner Planning Policy and Research Region of Peel leilani.lee-yates@peelregion.ca

Amanda Kennedy Principal DPRA Inc. amanda.kennedy@dpra.com

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