Ministry of Environment

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Community-scale Energy and GHG Modelling Tools: Informing Local Government Targets, Policies and Actions

The Province of BC and Smart Planning for Communities present the following six case studies and webcasts. Each case study describes a distinct community-scale energy and GHG modelling tool highlighting the recent experience of five local governments in British Columbia.

These six examples were chosen because they demonstrate how a diverse grouping of BC local governments have used community-scale energy and GHG modeling to help them to establish targets, policies and actions to reduce GHG emissions as required by the Local Government Act. 

Community-scale energy and GHG modeling allows local governments to assess the impact of projected land use changes on future energy use and GHG emissions. These case studies were created to inspire and assist other local governments in BC to determine the best way for their community to approach energy and emissions planning through the use of community-scale energy and GHG modelling tools.

Each case study includes a written and webcast* component. The written case study is a downloadable report that explores the tool in some depth. Webcasts are narrated by local governments that used the tool along with consultants who developed the tool.

Each case study outlines:

  • How the modelling tool works
  • How the modelling tool has been integrated in typical planning processes and used to set GHG reduction targets, policies and actions; and
  • Background information to encourage enquiries from any and all other local governments or consultants across B.C.

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Download case studies and webcasts from the table below:


 Tool Used



 Case Study


 Regional District of
 Central Kootenay    

 E2 Tool

 & RGS




 City of Colwood

 Numerical Model


 Jordan Fisher
 & Associates



 Fraser Valley
 Regional District

 GHG Proof 


 Solutions Group



 City of
 North Vancouver
 (part 1)

 Carbon Neutral City  

 100 Year

 UBC’s Design Centre
 for Sustainability

 North Van(1)


 City of
 North Vancouver
 (part 2)

 Low Carbon Path


 HB Lanarc

 North Van


 City of
 Prince George




  Prince George



CEEP: Community Energy and Emissions Plan
OCP: Official Community Plan
RGS: Regional Growth Strategy
ICSP: Integrated Community Sustainability Plan 

The Province and other collaborative partners (NRCAN, UBC Design Centre for Sustainability, and UVic-based Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions) are working to support local government access to quality community–scale energy and GHG modelling tools. Please revisit this page for future updates.

The Province of BC and Smart Planning for Communities, a program of the Fraser Basin Council, would like to acknowledge the cooperation and contributions of those in Colwood, Prince George, North Vancouver City, Regional District of Central Kootenay, Fraser Valley Regional District, Jordan Fisher and Associates, Natural Resources Canada, UBC Design Centre for Sustainability, HB Lanarc, Stantec, and Sustainability Solutions Group in preparing these case studies and webcasts.

*Webcasts are compatible with a Windows PC environment. If you do not have access to a PC please contact us to request an alternative viewing platform:

Contact: Ted Sheldon

City of Victoria Climate Action Program

We are excited to highlight the work that City of Victoria Staff has undertaken along with HB Lanarc. The Energy and Emissions Baseline Mapping Report (linked below) is a great example of how local governments can use the CEEI data as a baseline for more detailed analyses.

In May, 2010, the City of Victoria committed to a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in the community by 33 per cent by 2020, based on 2007 levels, matching those set by the Capital Regional District and the Province of BC. Over the next two years, Victoria's Climate Action Program will coordinate the development of two plans:

  • The Climate and Energy Resiliency Plan for the Community
  • The Carbon Neutral Plan for the Municipal Corporation

In an effort to lead by example and to motivate others toward climate action, the City has committed to being carbon neutral in its municipal operations by 2012.

Contact: Ben Clark

B.C. Community Energy and Emissions Inventory

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Climate Action Toolkit