Jon Willing, Ottawa Sun
The City of Ottawa will pay a $7,500 annual fee to be part of Carbon 613, which is expected to help the municipality achieve its greenhouse gas emission targets.
Capital Coun. David Chernushenko, council’s environment chair, announced the city’s membership Thursday, joining what he called the “coalition of the willing” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Carbon 613 is an initiative of the EnviroCentre group.
Michael Murr, executive director of the EnviroCentre, said Carbon 613 members get access to support programs and services that help them tackle greenhouse gas emissions. The initiative was launched a year ago with the idea of connecting like-minded organizations so they can share emission-reducing ideas.
There are 10 organizations now signed up, including the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Hydro Ottawa and the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.
Members must set their own emission targets within three years of signing up to Carbon 613.
Council approved a new greenhouse gas emission target for the city in February. The climate protection plan calls for a reduction of 80 per cent below 2012 levels by 2050.