In 2018, a carbon baseline was set for 2014 with a reduction target of 20% by 2024. In March 2019, the City of Hamilton declared a climate change emergency. The City will establish a task force across numerous departments to determine what actions will be put forward in response to this call to action.
The City of Hamilton has a strong focus on providing a Clean and Green, Healthy and Safe Community for residents. As a municipality, the city has the responsibility to corporately manage sustainability. The City uses the Corporate Energy Policy as a guideline to achieve energy intensity reduction targets of 20% by 2020, 45% by 2030 and 80% by 2050, and GHG Emission Reduction targets of 20% by 2020, 50% by 2030 and 80% by 2050.
Various City departments promote sustainability to the public. The Waste Management group educates the public and diverts more than 138,000 Metric Tonnes of waste from landfills annually through its Recycling and Compost programs. The City installs bike lanes and improves infrastructure to make active and sustainable transportation safer and more accessible. The Transportation and Public Health groups promote and fund sustainable and active transportation for residents of all ages.
Other initiatives taken by the City include the annual organization of Earth Hour, conducting an Anti-idling campaign, the City’s implementation of the Smart Commute program and encouragement of active and sustainable transportation by offering discounted SoBi and HSR memberships to employees.