Whistler has current official climate targets of a 33% reduction by 2020, 80% reduction by 2050 and 90% by 2060 (all below 2007). With Whistler unable to meet its 2020 target, and the next target not applying for another 30 years, a medium-term target is needed to better assess Whistler’s climate performance and to increase accountability.
New 2030 target: 50% GHG reduction below 2007 emissions (i.e. by 2030, annual emissions do not exceed 66,500 t-CO2e)
In 2019, GHG emissions increased by 4% compared to 2018 and were just 1% below 2007, making the 2020 target impossible to achieve. Whistler is also not on track to achieve the CECAP and Official Community Plan total energy use target. Whistler’s energy consumption in 2019 remained 10% higher than 2007 compared to a targeted 10% below 2007 usage. While Whistler is better positioned than many communities to work toward the CECAP 2060 target of 100% renewable energy, the climate urgency may require at least a short-term acceptance of other types of low carbon energy that are still useful sources for specific applications such as freight, aviation, heavy machinery, marine transport, fleets and industrial heat.
The vast majority of Whistler’s emissions are from vehicle transport and the built environment. As such, to make effective progress towards Whistler’s climate commitments, actions must focus on these two aspects of our community. Below is a brief description of the current situation in these two areas, as well as the waste sector.