Climate Change

Mitigation and Adaptation

When discussing the issue of climate change the terms mitigation and adaptation are used frequently.

Climate change mitigation refers to the promotion of policy, regulatory and project-based measures that contribute to the stabilization or reduction of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere. Renewable energy programs, energy efficiency frameworks and the substitution of fossil fuels are examples of climate change mitigation measures.

The town has been taking inventory of our greenhouse gas emissions and has implemented the following climate change mitigation programs:

Partners for Climate Protection Program - greenhouse gas emissions and reduction targets
Corporate Sustainability
Energy Conservation and Demand Management Programs

Climate change adaptation includes any initiatives or actions in response to actual or projected climate change impacts that reduce the effects of climate change on built, natural and social systems. Preparing for climate change adaptation does not negate the need to support and implement mitigation measures, it is just another method of dealing with the climatic change impacts. The town's Climate Change Adaptation Strategy highlights over 300 actions the corporation can research, develop or implement to help adapt to our changing climate.

Observed and Projected Climatic Changes for Oakville

An important step to climate change adaptation planning is to gain an understanding of what projected changes and impacts are expected. The expected six climate changes for Oakville were drawn from Environment Canada, Climate Ontario, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and from the Canadian Climate Change Scenarios Networks (CCCSN) Localizer Report.

Local Impacts and Actions

Oakville's Changing Climate, this table provides an overview of the observed and projected climatic changes in Oakville. All data, unless otherwise referenced is taken from the Canadian Climate Change Scenario's Network's (CCCSN) Localizer Report.

To find out what you can do to increase your personal resilience to our changing climate and protect yourself, your home, family and property visit Oakville's Climate Change Primer and attend the town's annual Keep Calm and Adapt - Emergency and Extreme Weather Preparedness event.