NCC unveils ambitious plan for a greener and more inclusive capital
The National Capital Commission (NCC) has announced its Sustainable Development Strategy 2023–2027, which aims to make the National Capital Region a model of sustainability, environmental stewardship and social inclusivity.
The strategy, which was recently tabled in Parliament, outlines the NCC's vision and actions for a sustainable and climate-resilient capital that reflects the values and aspirations of Canadians. It covers various aspects of the NCC's mandate, such as procurement, conservation, transportation and urban planning.
The strategy is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, a global framework for achieving a better and more sustainable future for all. Some of the targets that the NCC has set for itself include: planting 100,000 trees on NCC lands by 2026, as part of the NCC Forest Strategy. Showing progress on 100% of short-term actions identified under the NCC Climate Adaptation Plan by 2027. Putting in place at least three new projects where one of the objectives is to advance reconciliation by 2027, including green procurement criteria in 80% of standing offers and contracts for the purchase of high-impact goods, services and construction by 2027. Ensuring 100% of NCC light-duty fleet is zero-emission by 2030. Seeing a 90% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions from real property and fleet owned and operated by the NCC from 2005 levels by 2050.
Tobi Nussbaum, the CEO of the NCC, said that the strategy reflects the NCC's commitment to working with its partners and stakeholders to create a capital that is sustainable, resilient and inclusive.
"Guided by the notion that when we work together, we all share the benefits, the Sustainable Development Strategy will serve not only as an essential roadmap for the NCC to achieve its sustainability goals, but also as a tool to build alignment and collaboration with our federal, regional and Indigenous partners," Nussbaum said.
The strategy is the result of extensive consultations with the public, experts, Indigenous communities and other levels of government. The NCC said that it will monitor and report on its progress annually and update the strategy as needed to reflect changing circumstances and priorities.
Photo caption: The NCC launches a new cycle of its Sustainable Development Strategy, with bold actions to green the Capital Region and address climate change.
Photo credit: Tashi Farmilo