What are we updating in the Community Energy Transition Strategy?
For Edmonton to align with the international target of limiting global warming to 1.5°C the Community Energy Transition Strategy will aim to work with a local carbon budget of 155 Megatonnes. This budget is the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions permitted from now until 2050 and its calculated using international modeling systems. Setting targets based on a carbon budget allows municipalities to visualize the urgency of the need for change. Every year emissions are added to the atmosphere essentially reduces the remaining local carbon budget.
At Edmonton’s current emissions this local carbon budget would be exceeded in 8 to 10.5 years from now. To stay within 155 Megatonnes, emissions must be reduced from 20 tonnes per person/year to 3.2 tonnes by 2030 to zero tonnes by 2050.
Through modeling, jurisdictional scans and following principles developed to assist the grouping of the potential climate actions, the City has six proposed Climate Shifts to be the basis of the updated Strategy:
For details on the local carbon budget and the Climate Shifts, please refer to the Getting to 1.5C Discussion Paper.