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Could COVID lockdown have helped save the planet?

The Guardian / Jonathan Watts / 29 December 2020

When lockdown began, climate scientists were horrified at the unfolding tragedy, but also intrigued to observe what they called an “inadvertent experiment” on a global scale. To what extent, they asked, would the Earth system respond to the steepest slowdown in human activity since the second world war?

Environmental activists put the question more succinctly: how much would it help to save the planet?

Almost one year on from the first reported Covid case, the short answer is: not enough. In fact, experts say the pandemic may have made some environmental problems worse, though there is still a narrow window of opportunity for something good to come from something bad if governments use their economic stimulus packages to promote a green recovery.

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IEA summit on global green recovery from Covid-19 crisis

The Guardian / Fiona Harvey / 29 June 2020

Key to success will be that governments can sign up to green recovery plans even if – like the US – they are sceptical on the climate crisis, said Fatih Birol, the executive director of the IEA. “Even if governments do not take climate change as a key priority, they should still implement our sustainable recovery plan just to create jobs and to give economic growth. Renovating buildings, for instance, is a job machine.”

Birol fears a rerun of the recovery after the financial crisis of 2008, when emissions declined sharply in the recession but quickly returned to levels much higher than before, as governments invested in coal-fired power plants, constructed inefficient buildings, and rolled out road-building schemes.

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Energy and GHG Management E-Learning

Natural Resource Canada / Heads Up: Building Energy Efficiency / Vol 5, Issue 9

NRCan’s Greening Government Services (NRCan-GGS) recently published its first Energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) Management e-training modules on NRCan YouTube! In an effort to assist federal clients achieve the ambitious targets set under the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy and the Greening Government Strategy. NRCan-GGS is proud to announce the first of a series of e-learning courses, now available on NRCan YouTube. These e-learning modules will help you better understand and manage the energy and greenhouse gas emissions of your buildings.

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Ontarians are paying for climate change. They deserve a plan

Clean Energy Canada / Fernando Melo / 26 September 2018

Ontarians awoke to a cold reality check Tuesday morning—in a province that’s literally heating up.

Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Dianne Saxe didn’t mince words in her 2018 Greenhouse Gas Progress Report when she stated the size of the problem. The province is warming faster than the global average—Ontario is 1.5°C hotter than it was in 1948—with no clear plan in place to address the challenge.

This rapid warming can significantly increase the likeliness of extreme weather events, which plagued the province in 2018—and which in the first months of this year inflicted nearly $1 billion in insured damage and another $1 billion in uninsured damage.

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Beyond Crisis – a hopeful film about meeting the challenge

Transition Brockville / 18 September 2018

If you know climate change is a challenge that must be faced, but you don’t know how to talk about it with your family and friends, Beyond Crisis is a film that aims to help you find a way.

Transition Brockville’s next presentation is a free public screening of Beyond Crisis, Sunday, September 23, at 2 p.m. in the Brockville Public Library. Following the film, Lynn Ovenden, of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, will facilitate a discussion.

“It’s my hope that people will leave our meeting feeling encouraged and a lot more energized” to talk to others about acting on climate change, says Ovenden. A new grandmother, retired government biologist, and longtime field biologist, Ovenden lives near Casselman, Ontario. Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is a non-partisan grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. Ovenden signed up with CCL Canada (NCR Chapter) in 2016 to help build the political will for effective climate action.

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Ontario building owners: How does your building stack up?

Heads Up: Building Energy Efficiency / Volume 5, Issue 2 (February 2018)

Energy and water reporting for large buildings

In Ontario, if you own a building that is 250,000 square feet or larger, you may need to report its energy and water use once a year. The first deadline to submit your report, using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, is July 1, 2018.

Reporting how much energy and water your building uses can help you identify ways to reduce costs and greenhouse gases. You can also use the benchmarking information about your building’s energy and water use to see how your building stacks up against similar buildings.

In the coming years, this requirement will be phased in to include more buildings, eventually reaching those 50,000 square feet and larger.

Visit ontario.ca/energyreporting or call 1-844-274-0689 to find resources and information to help, including how and when to report.

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