Climate Action & Sustainability

The Town of Sidney is committed to climate action and environmental sustainability.

In 2019, Sidney Council declared a climate emergency and resolved to continue work towards achieving carbon neutrality both in the community and corporate level.

In 2022, the Town completed an update to its Climate Action Plan and adopted a new Official Community Plan that focuses more on environmental sustainability and greenhouse gas reduction.

Explore the topics below to learn more about climate action and environmental sustainability initiatives and resources.

Climate Action Plan

In 2022, the Town of Sidney approved an updated Climate Action Plan to help Sidney fulfill its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This plan establishes GHG reduction targets along with policies and actions to help reach those goals.

This plan was developed to respond to the latest science and incorporate best practices so that we can become a more resilient, and lower carbon community.

Building & Renovation Rebates

Ensuring our buildings are resilient and low carbon is key to reducing our community greenhouse gas emissions and having safe, comfortable homes for years to come. Resources are available to support homeowners and builders who are building and retrofitting the spaces in which we live, work, and play.

Visit the Building & Renovation Rebate Programs page to learn more.

BC Energy Step Code

The Provincial CleanBC plan establishes a set of energy efficiency standards for all new construction, called Step Code. Step 3 of the BC Energy Step Code is now mandatory across the province as of early 2023.

To learn more about Step Code, as well as the resources available to support you, visit the Step Code page.

Sea Level Rise

Sea levels are expected to rise as a result of climate change, with flood risk increasing even more during winter storms. Planning for climate change and sea level rise now will reduce costs and impacts in the future since risk is expected to increase over time.

Visit the Sea Level Rise page to learn more about sea level rise and what Sidney is doing about it.

Urban Forest Strategy

Sidney’s Urban Forest Strategy is an important part of our community’s resilience to climate change. Trees not only visually enhance our urban landscape, but they form a key part of many ecosystems, absorb stormwater, and offer residents and visitors protection from the heat, wind, and rain.

Visit the Urban Forest Strategy page to learn more about Sidney’s strategy for managing the urban treescape.

Get Involved

The Town of Sidney is committed to climate action and environmental sustainability, but you can help make difference as we work towards becoming a more resilient and lower carbon community together.

Opportunities to take action on climate change or get involved in environmental initiatives will be shared on the What You Can Do page.