Climate Leadership Plan

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Climate change is here. We need your help to identify how it’s impacting our community, so that, together, we can implement real and sustainable solutions.

Take climate action!

Complete a brief survey. The City brought together stakeholders and experts to identify ways climate change impacts Kingston. Tell us which impacts mean the most to you and what else needs to be considered.

How has climate change affected you? Using the mapping tool, let us know where you’ve seen the impacts of climate change within Kingston.

Review all the resources. We have a lot of work ahead of us to reach carbon neutrality by 2040. Across City departments, and this community, positive steps are already being taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), which are scientifically proven to cause climate change. Find out what is in the works. Please review all the resources shared on this page, and our City website.

How your input will be used

The City recognizes that collective community action is key to achieving meaningful climate action.

The Climate Leadership Plan (CLP) will be informed by community input and provide strategic guidance on how to achieve these very ambitious targets: 15 per cent reduction in GHG emissions over 2018 levels by 2022, and a path to achieve carbon neutrality as a corporation by no later than 2040, with aspirational goals for the community.


Goals of the Climate Leadership Plan

  1. Define a clear path to reach corporate and community carbon neutrality.
  2. Engage the most influential local stakeholders who can make the biggest GHG reductions.
  3. Identify climate risks and adaptation priorities.
  4. Consider solutions that stimulate economic development and prosperity.

Engage for climate change

Global issues require local action. We’ve witnessed this with COVID-19. Kingston’s success in limiting the community spread of COVID-19 has shown that, when we work together, we can make a difference. As we continue to respond to the pandemic, let’s also plan to take climate actions to mitigate future climate-related impacts. The good news of the day: It is within our power to reduce the GHG emissions and improve our resilience to extreme weather and climate impacts…but the City can’t do it alone.


climate leadership banner


Climate change is here. We need your help to identify how it’s impacting our community, so that, together, we can implement real and sustainable solutions.

Take climate action!

Complete a brief survey. The City brought together stakeholders and experts to identify ways climate change impacts Kingston. Tell us which impacts mean the most to you and what else needs to be considered.

How has climate change affected you? Using the mapping tool, let us know where you’ve seen the impacts of climate change within Kingston.

Review all the resources. We have a lot of work ahead of us to reach carbon neutrality by 2040. Across City departments, and this community, positive steps are already being taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), which are scientifically proven to cause climate change. Find out what is in the works. Please review all the resources shared on this page, and our City website.

How your input will be used

The City recognizes that collective community action is key to achieving meaningful climate action.

The Climate Leadership Plan (CLP) will be informed by community input and provide strategic guidance on how to achieve these very ambitious targets: 15 per cent reduction in GHG emissions over 2018 levels by 2022, and a path to achieve carbon neutrality as a corporation by no later than 2040, with aspirational goals for the community.


Goals of the Climate Leadership Plan

  1. Define a clear path to reach corporate and community carbon neutrality.
  2. Engage the most influential local stakeholders who can make the biggest GHG reductions.
  3. Identify climate risks and adaptation priorities.
  4. Consider solutions that stimulate economic development and prosperity.

Engage for climate change

Global issues require local action. We’ve witnessed this with COVID-19. Kingston’s success in limiting the community spread of COVID-19 has shown that, when we work together, we can make a difference. As we continue to respond to the pandemic, let’s also plan to take climate actions to mitigate future climate-related impacts. The good news of the day: It is within our power to reduce the GHG emissions and improve our resilience to extreme weather and climate impacts…but the City can’t do it alone.


Do you have questions about the Climate Leadership Plan? Please ask them below. 

Note: Comments are moderated, and staff will not respond to questions that do not adhere to the City’s Guidelines for Public Participation or that are unrelated to this work.

Q&A

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    What is the city doing to reduce carbon, which is a known cause of climate change?

    Tara Kainer asked 16 days ago

    Thank you for this question! The City of Kingston is implementing a number of initiatives to lower its GHG emissions towards its target of carbon neutrality by 2040 or earlier. Examples of these initiatives include the following:

    • Adding electric vehicles to the fleet to replace older vehicles that use fossil fuels such as gasoline and diesel;
    • Constructing new buildings to high energy performance standards to minimize emissions, such as the Kingston East Community Centre, which will emit about 85 per cent less emissions than if the building did not include the optional renewable energy and advanced efficiency measures;
    • Retrofitting existing City facilities to reduce use of natural gas and improve efficiency of equipment and systems using electricity; and,
    • Improving wastewater treatment plants and processing of bio solids and organic waste to reduce emissions of methane. 


    More initiatives currently underway can be viewed here