Based on research from the GTI initiative, 90 percent of CEPs contain an energy and emissions reduction target, yet more than 20 percent of communities lack a structure to monitor progress toward their targets.46See the National Report on Community Energy Plan Implementation (http://gettingtoimplementation.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/National-Report-on-CEP-Implementation.pdf) Further, less than half of communities with a CEP have conducted a follow-up energy and GHG emissions inventory once their CEP was adopted to track the progress of implementation. Communities that do not monitor and report on progress may fail to secure long-term support and resources needed to implement a CEP.47See the National Report on Community Energy Plan Implementation (http://gettingtoimplementation.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/National-Report-on-CEP-Implementation.pdf)
Monitoring and reporting on implementation can unlock significant opportunities to build ongoing support among elected officials, staff and community stakeholders. Precise, measurable and defensible data, when presented on an ongoing basis, can increase the overall confidence and support of senior decision makers. When the CEP is monitored on an annual basis, successes can be celebrated which can in turn help build further support for implementation. The data can also provide frequent feedback loops to identify strengths and weaknesses as well as possible course corrections, if applicable.
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