City's ambitious new climate plan attempts to do what no city in the world has yet done

By Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen, December 10, 2019

The City of Ottawa is proposing a sweeping climate plan to bring greenhouse emissions down to zero, still chasing a goal that Ottawa councils have been promising to reach for 30 years.

The draft Climate Change Master Plan proposes measures cutting across all city operations from planning new development to managing transportation to preserving wetlands.

It foresees a broad trend of people abandoning private cars in favour of transit and cycling, while investing heavily in renovating their homes and businesses.

And it proposes to end all net emissions from municipal sources by 2040, and from everyone else in Ottawa by 2050. The city currently emits about six million tonnes of greenhouses gases from all sources per year and the trend in recent years is nearly flat.

The draft plan goes to the environment committee on Dec. 17.

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