CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. – Campbell River is focusing on reducing carbon emissions.

As such, the city is collaborating with not-for-profit City Green and the Home Performance Stakeholder Council as part of the Transition 2050 Residential Retrofit Acceleration Project.

According to a release from the city, seven other local governments on Vancouver Island are part of the project, including the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), Regional District of Nanaimo, Cowichan Valley Regional District, City of Victoria, District of Saanich, Central Saanich, Capital Regional District and Township of Esquimalt.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) granted the Transition 2050 project up to $400, 000 in funding to help participating communities meet significant carbon emission reduction targets.

Transition 2050 partners will work together to find innovative solutions to reducing carbon emissions. City Green will help build a network of communities and support them as they develop long-term plans and projects that will contribute to low carbon emission by 2050.

Low carbon emissions by 2050 is in line with the target date set out by the Paris Agreement.

The Transition 2050 Residential Retrofit Acceleration Project is focused on government and industry collaboration to accelerate energy and carbon reduction strategies. The project will also establish a clear course to achieve medium-term and 2050 targets for home energy retrofits.

This program also complements the city’s Power Down Campbell River program, which offers $150 rebates for home energy evaluations, and $2, 000 rebates for oil or natural gas pumps conversion to heat pumps.