As a signatory to the BC Climate Action Charter, the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) is required to complete a Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) report each year. The report summarizes actions taken in 2016 and proposed actions for 2017 to reduce corporate and community-wide energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and reports on progress towards achieving carbon neutrality.
Carbon neutrality involves measuring the greenhouse gas emissions that come from government operations such as buildings and fleet vehicles and then reducing those emissions to net zero. Governments achieve carbon neutrality by reducing emissions where possible, by purchasing carbon offsets to compensate for greenhouse gas emissions, or by developing projects to offset emissions.
The Climate Action Revenue Incentive program (CARIP) provides a conditional grant to communities that have signed on to the Climate Action Charter. Communities receive a grant equal to 100% of carbon tax costs to support climate change efforts, provided they publicly report both their plan and ongoing progress.