That is the feeling I came way with today after Public Works Director, David Duckworth, gave a presentation on preliminary research he has done on the carbon tax and the City of Kamloops.
- A good starting estimate on how much city operation emit is 7700 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year. This is broken down into 50% buildings, 32% fleet (vehicles), 15% utilities, and 3% street lights.
- If we do nothing about reducing our emissions, the carbon tax impact will be $41,500 in 2008, rising to $244,000 in 2012.
- But we are not going to do nothing. Considerations include building retrofits (eg, solar panels on the Canada Games pool), heating and power systems in city work vehicles that will reduce idling, requiring that virtually all civic buildings are built to a high energy efficiency (LEED) standard, and piloting new more energy efficient streetlighting technology.
Some other interesting tidbits: because the city is part of a large buying group, price for gas for city vehicles is about 20 cents less than the pump; city has had a program that has replaced 400 watt streetlights with 250 watt, and 250 watt with 100 watt. Still as bright, but much more energy efficient.
The rising pass of oil helps the business case for the green technologies. And, so will the carbon tax.