Beaconsfield has joined a prestigious list of 25 Canadian municipalities selected for a pilot project on combatting climate change. The city is part of the first Showcase Cities cohort led by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM) Canada, which will receive intense support over the next year to help reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
Beaconsfield joins cities like Nanaimo and Oakville in receiving technical support, training, exclusive networking opportunities and access to tools and resources to advance its own ambitious objectives.
From building retrofits to increasingly green transit fleets, municipalities are on the front lines and can easily influence half of Canada’s GHG emissions, so scaling up local solutions is seen as key, and Beaconsfield, one of six Quebec towns to participate, has increased its own efforts.
Project partners are working to further advance Canadian local climate action by adding value, opportunities and streamlined support for Showcase Cities participants, says Bill Karsten, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). “The Global Covenant of Mayors is an ambitious framework. It will help our municipalities take direct action to address the impacts of climate change and reduce their GHG emissions.”
The initiative combines two leading domestic climate programs, the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program and Building Adaptive and Resilient Communities (BARC), with the leading global climate program. The GCoM Canada is piloting this approach, which will build on Canadian experiences delivering climate change programs to municipalities.