Photo: Director Mike Bernier (foreground) discusses the carbon-neutral plan at Friday afternoon’s meeting in Fort St. John, as Director Lyman Clark (middle) and Director Lori Ackerman listen in – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca
The Peace River Regional District learned just how much it would cost to become carbon neutral.
Cariad Garratt is the project manager for Vancouver-based Santec Consulting. She discussed a Corporate Energy Plan with the regional board at the district meeting on Friday afternoon.
Garratt says the Regional District’s buildings and vehicles emit around 221 tonnes of CO2 -per year – into the atmosphere.
She says some of the recreation centers in the PRRD’s care are to blame for that number.
The project’s goal is to get the Regional District’s Carbon emissions as low as possible by 2012.
Then, the District could voluntarily pay to become carbon-neutral by financing projects that either sequester or reduce CO2. That could include anything from financing tree planting or wind farm construction.
Garratt says prices for carbon-neutral projects should inflate to around $25 per tonne by 2012. She says if the PRRD reduces its emissions by 25-30 tonnes, it will still need to pay more than $5,000 to offset its carbon footprint.
But, she says a provincial rebate of $30 per tonne will actually make the program a profit to the PRRD.
Garratt’s report states that in order to the target of reducing corporate emissions by 15%, the Regional District will need to fund building upgrades of approximately $100,000.
The Regional District did not commit to any agreement at Friday’s meeting. Director Mike Bernier suggested that the board continue to investigate carbon-neutral options.