Wed, 15 Jul 2020
One year after declaring a climate emergency, the Town of Oakville has released a progress report outlining the significant progress the town and community have made to mitigate the effects of climate change.
“We now know that the emission of greenhouse gases is the largest human influence on climate change. Following the climate emergency declaration the entire community — including town staff and Council, businesses and residents — has come together to make fighting a climate crisis a priority,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “While a great deal has been achieved, there is still much work to do. Council and I are excited about the many great initiatives both underway and planned in our community.”
In June 2019, the Town of Oakville joined hundreds of municipalities across Canada in declaring a climate emergency to raise awareness of the critical need to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions and increase our resiliency to extreme weather. The declaration stressed the need for community action along with clear and achievable targets to improve our community’s overall energy efficiency.
In 2019-2020, the town:
The town has implemented climate change policies and energy conservation programs since 2005 and has taken significant steps to reduce its impact on the environment. In 2018, Oakville's Energy Task Force was formed, comprising a team of 21 community leaders from local businesses, government, utilities, schools and community groups to advise and champion the development and implementation of a Community Energy Strategy.
Review the full 2019-2020 Climate Emergency Progress Report on our Climate Change page.