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CVRD carbon neutral in 2013

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The Cowichan Valley Regional District is boasting success in an area most of the world is struggling with.

For the 2013, it claims to be carbon neutral.

In a media release issued Tuesday, CVRD senior environmental analyst Kuan Jian Foo said the regional district has met all its commitments under the B.C. Climate Action Charter.

According to the release, CVRD operations released 1,674 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. This included carbon burning that occurred operating recreation centres, managing and maintaining parks, solid waste collection and disposal, water management, emergency services, planning and bylaw enforcement and corporate operations.

The district counteracted that by switching to electric heat pumps in several facilities, supplementing diesel fuel with localĀ  biodiesel and participating in a number of community-based offset projects.

The latter included organic waste diversion from the landfill to local composting facilities and supporting a community fuel-switching project at The Hub at Cowichan Station, which now uses a geothermal heating system.

For more, read the 2013 CVRD Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program public report on the CVRD website.

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