Victoria City Hall

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Municipalities are at the forefront of the fight against climate change, but often lack the tools and evidence to make effective policy decisions. This project addresses that gap.

The University of Victoria and the City of Victoria will co-develop a comprehensive framework for analyzing and comparing potential climate mitigation and adaptation solutions that can be implemented by municipal governments. The framework will encompass the main sources of carbon emissions (buildings, transport and energy), and be flexible enough to be replicable for other municipalities in the future.  

Ultimately, the framework will allow the City to pinpoint the optimum path for meeting the obligations of its Climate Leadership Plan: to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80% by 2050 (from a 2007 baseline). Options for consideration include 100% renewable energy, net-zero energy-ready new builds, retrofitting of existing buildings, fuel switching, and promoting clean transport options, plus the potential adaptation of buildings to rising temperatures to avoid increased energy use for cooling. Features of the framework include an online platform/tool as well as a broader process/methodology and associated pipeline/workflow.

By uncovering the insights that policymakers need, they can achieve their climate goals.

“By 2030 the City requires X buildings of Y type be retrofitted using measures A, B and C, which will offer GHG reductions of X tonnes.” 

Opportunity Project: Began April 1, 2020 / Project Duration: Three years

Research Partners

Principal Investigators

Ralph Evins

Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, University of Victoria

Solution Seekers

  • City of Victoria