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1.2.1

Implement the Action Plan to reduce green house gas emissions from Regional operations.

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Final update (September 2014)
Greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by 15% in the first two years of the plan implementation. Staff recommended a more aggressive target of 10% below 2009 emission levels by the year 2019, and Council adopted the new targets in October, 2013. This new target factors in expected increased demand for infrastructure/services as the community population continues to grow. This increase is anticipated to be largely offset by various specific identified actions within the plan which have a good likelihood of being implemented between 2014 and 2019. The updated plan and more aggressive target also incorporate the expected benefits from completing and implementing the (currently pending) Corporate-wide Asset Management and Corporate Energy Plans (the latter required under Ontario's Green Energy Act).

Progress Update (September 2013)

Emissions have been redcued by 15% in the first two years of plan implementation. Staff are now recommending a more aggressive target at 10% below 2009 emission levels by the year 2019. This new proposed target factors in expected increased demand for infrastructure/services as the community population continues to grow which is anticipated to be largely offset by various specific identified actions within the plan which have a reasonbly good likelihood of being implemented between 2014 and 2019. The updated plan and more aggresive target recomended also incoporates the expected benefits to be realized from completing and implementing the pending Corporate-wide Asset Management and Corporate Energy Plans (the latter required under Ontario's Green Energy Act).

Progress Update (January 2013)

The Region has also launched a plan and has taken action to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions from Regional operations. 

In 2011, over 7700 tonnes of GHG emissions reductions were accounted for via initiatives such as methane reduction at the landfill; energy/fuel efficiency in Regional buildings and vehicle fleet as well as reductions in staff business travel.  Also with the completion of six solar photovoltaic rooftop installations, 255,000 MWh of clean renewable energy will be produced annually.

These actions are a positive step towards reaching the Region's 10 year GHG reduction target of approximately 40,000 tonnes by the year 2019 in buildings vehicle fleet reductions in staff business travel.

Progress Indicators

  • Council approved target
  • Establish interdepartmental GHG Task Force
  • Assessment of additional actions and funding sources

Related Links

 

greenindicator   Strong progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (PDF)
yellowindicator   Moderate progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (RTF)
redindicator   Progress needed   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (Flash)