Low Carbon Resilience: Transformative Climate Change Planning for Canada

This paper explores the importance of integrating adaptation and mitigation to achieve low carbon resilience (LCR).

As we plan to limit climate change and adapt to impacts we can no longer avoid, synergies between climate change adaptation and mitigation, or low carbon resilience (LCR) are becoming increasingly relevant at a variety of scales.

The LCR concept is gaining momentum at the international level through the Paris Agreement, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Given the scope and influence of these international commitments, and recently established mandates and budgets pertaining to adaptation and mitigation at the federal level in Canada, now is the ideal time for broad application of low carbon resilience planning and implementation.

We have an opportunity to plan implementation of LCR via coordinated actions, policies, pricing and planning approaches. Doing so will create win-wins and save valuable time and financial resources that may otherwise be lost due to missed opportunities or the result of building in future vulnerability.