Duncan goes carbon neutral

The City of Duncan has been joined by the Town of Ladysmith, the Islands Trust, the District of Highlands and the District of Ucluelet in going carbon-neutral for 2014 through the Cowichan Valley-based Community Carbon Marketplace.

The municipalities neutralized 646 tonnes of carbon through credits bought on the marketplace, and invested more than $16,000 into the local low-carbon economy.

An initiative of the non-profit Cowichan Energy Alternatives, the CCM provides a local approach for municipal governments to lower their carbon footprint. Businesses that were rewarded for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions through the CCM include the Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-op, the Island Bio-Diesel Co-op, Greasecycle Inc., and Net Zero Waste in Abbotsford.

The five communities that have gone carbon-neutral through the CCM are among 178 of the 182 communities in B.C. that have made a commitment to carbon neutrality.