Changes to work culture and lower GHGs should inform city's long-term climate change plans, enviro chair says

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, December 16, 2020

Cleaner air might be a positive legacy of the COVID-19 pandemic if the city can harness the momentum from seismic changes in work culture, according to council’s environment chair.

“I think that’s what people would want,” Coun. Scott Moffatt said Tuesday after a meeting of the standing committee on environmental protection, water and waste management.

The committee received the 2019 inventories of greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted by Ottawa’s municipal government and in the larger community.

The 2020 GHG inventories, which will be calculated in 2021, could be an extreme departure from past results because of fewer cars on the road and office buildings operating at less than full capacity.

“We want to take whatever benefit we’ve seen in 2020 from an emissions perspective and translate that into our long-term plans,” Moffatt said, though he added, “easier said than done, I think we all know that.”

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