The Government of Yukon recognizes that climate change is happening, that human behavior is a major contributor, and that a coordinated response is needed. The Yukon government is committed to:
- Enhancing its knowledge and understanding of climate change
- Adapting to climate change
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
- Leading Yukon action in response to climate change
The Yukon Climate Change Secretariat works with Yukon government departments and external partners to co-ordinate research, meetings and policy development to advance the government’s climate change response. While there is much work to be done, the government is proud of its achievements to date, which are set out in the Climate Change Action Plan Progress Report released in 2012.
The Yukon government’s mitigation commitments include the following targets: capping GHG emissions internal to Yukon government at 2010 levels, reducing internal GHG emissions by 20% by 2015, and moving toward carbon neutral government operations by 2020.
The Climate Registry awarded the Government of Yukon Silver Status in 2012 for its work in reporting on and managing its carbon footprint, such as:
- Creating a Green Procurement Policy
- Creating Green Action Committees in all government departments
- Implementing an Environmental Stewardship Initiative to help reduce GHG emissions by Department of Education facilities
- Adopting GreenHome energy efficient standards for government funded home ownership programs
- Using LEED standards in government funded construction and reduction of GHG emissions of the government’s light vehicle fleet