Climate Action in Dufferin
Building a cooler future, together.
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Free Electric Vehicle Test-Drive Event
Take the wheel and experience the benefits of electric power on Saturday June 10 from 9am - 3pm
Adaptation | Dufferin Climate Adaptation Strategy
Adaptation = Managing the Unavoidable
Climate change adaptation is the process of adjusting our systems and behaviours to protect ourselves from both the current and future impacts of climate change.
On April 13, 2023, County Council adopted Together for Change: Dufferin’s Climate Adaptation Strategy. The Strategy compliments the Dufferin Climate Action Plan by proactively identifying opportunities to advance climate resilience in the community’s social, economic, built, and natural systems.
The Climate is Changing. So Must We.
Around the world the climate crisis is intensifying and, here at home, Dufferin County is already experiencing the impacts of a changing climate.
Dufferin County is taking urgent action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build climate resilience.
- In May 2018, Dufferin County became part of the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program.
- In March 2021, Dufferin County adopted the Dufferin Climate Action Plan, setting a target of net-zero by 2050.
- In September 2021 Dufferin County Council declared a Climate Emergency, reaffirming and strengthening our commitment to addressing the climate emergency.
- In April 2023, Dufferin County adopted Together for Change: Dufferin's Climate Adaptation Strategy, to advance climate resilience.
Taking action on climate change is an opportunity to ensure a safe, healthy, and equitable future for our community and the environment. Our collective success requires action from everybody and together we can create a prosperous future for the current and future generations of Dufferin County.
Mitigation | Dufferin Climate Action Plan
Mitigation = Avoiding the Unmanageable
Climate change mitigation means taking action to reduce the amount of climate change causing greenhouse gases we release into the atmosphere. The goal of mitigation is to prevent further warming of our climate system.
On March 11, 2021, County Council adopted the Dufferin Climate Action Plan, which outlines a pathway for the community to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The plan outlines 99 actions reduce emissions in the County’s highest emitting sectors, while also fostering community well-being and equity, enhancing the natural environment, and supporting innovative economic growth.
Report Cards: Dufferin Climate Action Plan
Report Cards are published annually to provide a progress update on the implementation of the Dufferin Climate Action Plan.
Discover the ways you can support climate action in our community.
Charge Up in Dufferin
Plug in to the local electric vehicle charging network and build your knowledge on the shift to electric!
Climate Ready: Home Flood Protection
A changing climate means your risk of home flooding is rising. Discover how to prevent a flood in 3 steps.
Youth Climate Activation Circle
The Youth Climate Activation Circle is a volunteer program to empower Dufferin youth to advance local climate solutions.
Climate Stories of Dufferin
Explore the stories from across Dufferin that transform the science of climate change into the real experiences and emotions that make this issue truly LOCAL.
Explore the Dufferin Climate Action Plan, learn the science and local stories behind climate change, and discover the high-impact actions you can take to advance climate action in Dufferin!
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Resources and Documents
Dufferin County Climate Change Collaborative (DC4) Terms of Reference
The Dufferin County Climate Change Collaborative (DC4) was established to support the County of Dufferin in the development of the Dufferin Climate Action Plan.
Energy Conservation & Demand Management Plan
The County of Dufferin is in a position to expand its efforts on energy management. Our updated Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan for 2019-2023 builds on the County’s first plan developed in 2014.
Dufferin County Greenhouse Gas Inventory
The greenhouse gas inventory records Dufferin County's emissions by sector, energy source, and municipality and provides an important benchmark from which to measure the success of the Dufferin Climate Action Plan over time.
Broader Public Sector Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Information
This data includes the annual amount of energy used and greenhouse gases emitted by broader Public Sector organizations, including Dufferin County.
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