City of Kingston
Understanding how, where and when energy is used in Kingston will help the community identify opportunities for energy-use programs focused on energy conservation, fuel switching, renewable energy generation or other smart energy-related efforts. The plan will help:
- Enhance local economic development: our community spends more than $600 million on energy each year – most of that is spent outside our community. A community energy plan will identify ways to retain some of that spending locally. Retaining just 1 per cent of the Kingston community’s annual energy budget could generate almost $6 million in local economic wealth.
- Reduce our carbon footprint: Kingston emits approximately 1.5 million tonnes of greenhouse gases every year. In 2014, council endorsed the Kingston Climate Action Plan, adopting a community reduction target of 30 per cent by 2030. The community energy plan will help meet that target.
- Advance council’s priorities: Engaging the community to create a smart economy and plan a livable city to identifying opportunities for intensification, public transportation while supporting the implementation of the Sustainable Kingston Plan.
- Alignment with Provincial Energy Strategies: By undertaking a Community Energy Plan the City of Kingston is aligning itself with Provincial and federal energy policy and programs.
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