Read the Colwood Climate Action Plan

Colwood is taking action to address and protect the community from the risks of climate change.  In 2019 Council declared a Climate Emergency in response to the urgent need to reduce global warming and adapt to a changing climate. In August 2023, Council endorsed the Climate Planning Foundations Report and a new Climate Action Plan.  See below for information about climate action in Colwood.

Read the Colwood Climate Action Plan

Colwood's Climate Action Plan takes an integrated approach to:

  • climate mitigation (reducing emissions to net zero by 2050 or sooner)
  • adaptation (adapting to thrive in a changing climate)
  • maximizing community co-benefits

Annual Climate Reporting

In our efforts to track and reduce emissions, Colwood annually posts a GHG Summary & Corporate Emissions Inventory.  This inventory is also provided to the province along with an annual report for the Local Government Climate Action Program (LGCAP) funding.  In the future Colwood will be providing public annual reports to update progress on our Climate Action Plan.  The following are the most recent reports from Colwood:

Climate Action Pathways

The following are key pathways of climate action for Colwood.  Learn more about what Colwood is doing, how you can be involved, and priority climate actions for Colwood residents.  

Municipal Leadership

Colwood continues to take leadership action to reduce emissions and adapt to the changing climate.  Visit our Municipal Climate Leadership webpage for more information about corporate initiatives and climate support for the community. Read more about Municipal Leadership

Sustainable Transportation

Transportation is the largest source of GHG emissions in Colwood.  This is one of our highest priority areas for climate action.  Find out more on the Sustainable Transportation webpage, including Colwood investments and initiatives for active transportation, electrifying the Colwood fleet, and information for residents on electric vehicles (including resources, rebates and charging stations).

Sustainable Buildings & Infrastructure

Colwood is working to support climate action through sustainable new buildings and retrofitting existing buildings for energy efficiency and renewable energy sources (e.g. heat pumps). Find out more on the Sustainable Buildings & Infrastructure webpage, including new requirements under the BC Energy Step Code, the Home Energy Navigator Program, and Solar Colwood. 

Biodiversity & Nature-Based Solutions

Biodiversity loss and climate change are interconnected crises.  Learn more about biodiversity in Colwood and nature-based solutions for climate action and other co-benefits on this new webpage. Current initiatives include an Urban Forest Strategy, Natural Asset inventory, and waterfront adaptation/ stewardship planning. 

Food & Zero Waste 

Colwood is working to reduce the impacts of waste through reduced consumption, zero waste, and supporting a circular economy. Working with partners to divert compostable organic waste and paper from the landfill, reduce emissions from waste, and increase locally grown and consumed foods are a few objectives Colwood is striving for. Learn about the Community Garden, Colwood's Branch Drop Off, and waste options for our region. 

Community Well Being & Eco-Innovation

Colwood is a community of climate champions. 

  • Check out the Colwood Good Neighbours program to find out how you can lead or support climate action in your neighbourhood
  • Learn more about Royal Roads University climate action
  • More community climate action to come!

Read more about Community Climate Action