District tackles greenhouse gases

Lake Country is trying to reduce its footprint. Council has endorsed a new carbon neutral operations plan.

Lake Country is trying to reduce its footprint.

In an effort to meet the terms of the provincial Climate Action Charter, council recently endorsed a new carbon neutral operations plan.

“This plan has allowed us to inventory all aspects of the municipal operation over time, identify cost saving areas and historic trends, as well as narrow in on those facilities needing the most attention,” said Mayor James Baker.

The different energy sources used by the municipality over the past three years were tabulated and converted into tons of carbon equivalent, allowing the municipality to understand the true carbon footprint of the water system, sewer infrastructure, arena, works facilities and other municipal functions.

“While not tying the district to any one solution, the plan provides a framework for future green technology investment decisions to be made in the most impacted areas, favouring local reduction solutions over offsetting, where possible,” said Mark Koch, development services manager.

The district also plan on using revenue from its hydroelectric generating station to help offset costs associated with becoming carbon neutral.