Climate Action

Coquitlam is committed to taking action on climate change by promoting practices that reduce greenhouse gases and conserve energy both corporately and within the broader community. Coquitlam is also taking action to prepare for and adapt to climate change towards maintaining sustainable service delivery to its residents. The City is moving forward with developing Coquitlam’s Environmental Sustainability Plan (ESP) which is informed by public consultation and includes Climate Action as one of five key themes.

Difference Between Climate Mitigation & Climate Adaptation

Climate mitigation is efforts to reduce or prevent greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, such as:

  • Creating complete communities
  • Energy efficient equipment
  • Renewable energy
  • Sustainable transportation
  • Waste diversion
  • Water/energy conservation

Climate adaptation is actions to adapt services and infrastructure to changing climate conditions, such as: 

  • Disaster management and business continuity
  • Flood protection
  • Infrastructure and building design

Clothes Washer Rebate  Offer

For a limited time Coquitlam residents can get a $100 rebate for replacing their old clothes washers with select Energy Star models. Sponsored by BC Hydro and the City of Coquitlam. 

For more information about the program and eligible Energy Star washing machines, visit bchydro.com/appliances. Eligible clothes washers must be purchased between Oct. 2 and Nov. 27, 2020 or before funding is exhausted. Must be a City of Coquitlam resident to qualify.

Home Renovation – Double the Rebate Offer

The CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Programs, administered by BC Hydro, FortisBC and the Province of BC, is providing rebates to improve your home’s energy efficiency through select upgrades.

These  rebates are doubled for a limited time to support the restart of B.C.’s economy and help homeowners save energy and reduce their carbon footprint.

Registration is required. Register for a promo code by December 31, 2020. Once received, your unique promo code can be used to apply for the Double the Rebate offer. Upgrades must be complete and invoiced by March 31, 2021.

  1. Climate Mitigation
  2. Climate Adaptation
  3. Public Report

Corporate Climate Action Targets

The City of Coquitlam has committed to address climate change by signing the Climate Action Charter in 2007. In early 2017, the City set new targets to reduce corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% below 2007 levels by 2025.

Corporate Actions to Reduce GHG Emissions

The City actively identifies and implements conservation measures to fulfill the City’s corporate Climate Action commitments. The City prioritizes efficiency and optimization in its facility operations and monitors building energy performance. GHG reduction measures include:

  • Two energy-sharing (Thermenex) systems at Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex and City Centre Campus
  • LED lighting for sports fields, facilities, and streets
  • Waste heat recovery systems
  • High-efficiency boilers and domestic water heaters
  • Electric fleet vehicles
  • Anti-idling policy for fleet vehicles
  • Recycling and organic waste diversion program in civic facilities

Community Climate Action Targets

To strengthen the City’s response to climate change, Coquitlam developed a Community Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy. The strategy identifies opportunities to reduce energy use and GHG emissions across the broader community and resulted in two targets:

  • Reduce community-wide GHG emissions by 15% below 2007 levels by 2031
  • Reduce community per capita GHG emissions by 30% below 2007 levels by 2021

Community Actions to Reduce GHG Emissions

The City is actively working on measures to reduce GHG emissions in the community. The following initiatives support the community Climate Action targets:

  • Area plans designed to create compact, mixed-use, transit-oriented development with excellent walkability.
  • Planting native trees/shrubs to restore and enhance forest habitat.
  • Public education and workshops for residential solid waste separation. Enforcement of cross-contamination to ensure high rate of waste diversion.
  • Transportation actions include:
    • Requirements for electric vehicle charging infrastructure
    • Expansion of sidewalk infrastructure
    • Expansion of car-sharing
    • Traffic signal coordination
    • Planning for transit service expansion
  • Water conservation initiatives such as pipe leak detection, rain barrel sales, and water wise kits.

Climate Action at Home & Work

Residents often ask about what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint. The good news is that many actions are low cost or free. Focus on the following areas to reduce your impact:

Energy

Turn off unused lights, unplug chargers and lower your thermostat. Opt for efficiency when purchasing new lights and appliances. Ready for a home energy makeover? Take advantage of rebates and incentives for new construction and retrofits by visiting CleanBC Better Homes.

Transportation

Walk, bike or take transit whenever possible. When purchasing a new vehicle, consider an electric or low polluting vehicle. Visit Go Electric BC for information on electric vehicle rebates.

Waste

Recycle, reuse and compost! Learn more about how to separate your waste.

Food

Choose local, organic, and in-season food. Reduce the amount of meat you consume and choose sustainable seafood. Visit Metro Vancouver’s Love Food Hate Waste to learn how to shop and store food efficiently.