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Where we are

Chatham-Kent is often looked to as a leader in best practices by renewable energy developers, consultants and other municipalities with regard to negotiating and managing renewable projects in an effective and efficient manner.  Although the community is only home to about 1% of Ontario’s population, it currently supplies over 20% of the province’s wind power capacity and just under 10% of all of Canada’s wind power capacity. 

Chatham-Kent is a now a net exporter of electricity due to the various renewable energy projects installed since 2008 and currently generates double the electricity that is actually consumed in the municipality.

Chatham-Kent is home to Union Gas, one of the energy industry’s premier natural gas distribution and conservation firms.

Where we want to be

Within one generation, Chatham-Kent will be recognized as a provincial leader in the management of natural resources and energy conservation.

Why it matters

Chatham-Kent’s prominence in energy matters presents the community with economic advantages through employment and enhances its reputation for use of new and emerging technologies.

How we will get there

We will continue to develop innovative approaches to addressing sustainable food production; resilient supply chains; protection and preservation of natural resources, such as soil conservation, protection from soil erosion; clean water, energy conservation and the development of methods to become more carbon-free.

 

What we are working towards:  

  • Management of Our Natural Resources: Our community protects and enhances our natural heritage and water resources

  • Energy Conservation and Climate Change: Our community supports a culture of energy conservation and the development and implementation of a climate change action plan

                                                   

Note:  CK Plan 2035 is a  living or dynamic document that will be continually edited and updated.  If you know of a project or plan that you are or community groups is working on that will help our community achieve our goals, please let us know.

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4.1  Management of Our Natural Resources

Natural resource management refers to the effective stewardship of our land, water, soilplants and animals, with a particular focus on how such management affects the quality of life for both present and future generations. 

It also involves managing the way in which our community and natural landscapes interact by bringing together land use planning, water management, biodiversity conservation, and the future sustainability of industries such as agriculture, tourism, fisheries and forestry. 

We will provide continuing support for the Chatham-Kent Natural Heritage Implementation Strategy by working with community partners to increase natural cover within Chatham-Kent. 

We will partner with sector specific groups in government and community to decrease soil erosion and increase air and water quality throughout the municipality.  

 

What is the Community doing to help achieve this goal:

  • Do you know of any community initiative that is planned or currently being implemented that will assist this goal, if so, please contact us.


 What is the Municipality of Chatham-Kent doing to achieve this goal:

  • Implement the Chatham-Kent Natural Heritage Implementation Strategy by working with community partners to increase natural cover within the rural areas of Chatham-Kent by

  • Work with community partners to increase the amount of canopy cover within existing Urban Areas 

  • Work with community partners to improve soil erosion efforts 


For more information:

  • Chatham-Kent Natural Heritage Implementation Strategy  

  • Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority   WEBSITE

  • St. Clair Conservation Authority   WEBSITE

           
4.2  Energy Conservation and Climate Change

Our community will promote conservation and efficient use of existing energy resources while supporting new, renewable energy sources.
We are a net exporter of green energy, producing nearly 300 per cent more than locally consumed.
We have adopted a Community Energy Plan with a goal of reducing municipal-wide energy consumption by 15 per cent over the next 20 years.
We are completing a greenhouse gas emissions inventory for Chatham-Kent consistent with the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory (GPC).
We are establishing a greenhouse gas reduction target and determine climate risks/vulnerabilities and preparing a climate change action plan.


What is the community doing to achieve this goal:

  • Do you know of any community initiative that is planned or currently being implemented that will assist this goal, if so, please contact us.


What is the Municipality of Chatham-Kent doing to achieve this goal:

  • Complete a greenhouse gas emissions inventory for Chatham-Kent consistent with the Global Protocol for Community- Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory (GPC) and identify climate hazards
  • Establish a greenhouse gas reduction target and determine climate risks/vulnerabilities 
  • Prepare a climate change action plan

For more information:

  • Chatham-Kent Community Energy Plan  (Link to document will be created once accessible version of document is completed)

  • Chatham-Kent Community Energy Plan – Baseline Analysis Reporting    (Link to document will be created once accessible version of document is completed)

  • 151 Ways to Conserve Energy   WEBSITE

 

Note:  CK Plan 2035 is a  living or dynamic document that will be continually edited and updated.  If you know of a project or plan that you are or community groups is working on that will help our community achieve our goals, please let us know.

                                                             www.chatham-kent.ca519-360-1998ckplan2035@chatham-kent.ca