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Canada’s fossil fuel use to peak in 2019, NEB now projects

CBC News / Robson Fletcher / 26 October 2017

The National Energy Board now projects fossil fuel use in Canada will peak in 2019, a major downward revision of similar estimates it has made annually for the past decade.

It’s the first time in the 11-year history of the NEB’s annual reports on the topic that a peak in fossil fuel demand has been included in the baseline projection.

Previous reports projected demand would increase for the next two or three decades, at least.

The NEB now says things have changed on several fronts, and a peak in domestic demand is likely much sooner than previously expected.

“Improving energy efficiency, somewhat slower economic and population growth projections than in previous outlooks, and climate change policies introduced by various federal and provincial governments underlie this change in trajectory,” the NEB said in a report released Thursday.

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Ontario launches program to help reduce electricity costs

Ministry of Energy / 24 October 2017

Ontario is launching a new program to help people improve the energy efficiency of their homes, while reducing their electricity bills and carbon footprints.

Glenn Thibeault, Minister of Energy, was joined by Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster–Dundas–Flamborough–Westdale in Hamilton today to launch the Affordability Fund. Part of the province’s Fair Hydro Plan, the new $100 million fund will support the free installation of energy-saving LED light bulbs, power bars, improved insulation and energy-efficient air conditioners and refrigerators. The program is designed to help people who do not qualify for low-income conservation programs and who are unable to undertake energy efficiency improvements without support.

Electricity bill savings for households participating in the program will depend on the types of measures installed. For example, a home energy kit with two LED light bulbs and a power bar can help a household save about $10 on their annual electricity costs, while an energy efficient refrigerator can help save about $90 in annual electricity costs.

Visit the Affordability Fund website to find out if you’re eligible and how to apply.

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Ontario craft breweries are serious about resource management

NRCAN / Heads Up CIPEC / Vol 21 No 4

“We know breweries are increasingly aware that water is the most important ingredient in their business operations,” says Kevin Jones, President of the BLOOM Centre for Sustainability. “They are starting to recognize the opportunities to save money in the beer-making process by reusing water, capturing free energy and diverting spent yeast and other materials to beneficial end-use applications.”

A 2016 survey of Ontario craft breweries, conducted by BLOOM, supports Jones’ statement indicating that 97 percent of respondents understand the importance of improving their water and resource management not only to address their bottom line but to protect the environment and be proactive community partners.

The survey indicates that respondents are either in the midst of or are planning numerous measures to address resource conservation. Key features include implementing more water efficient practices to reduce water use, diverging materials before they enter the drain, using dry cleaning techniques, monitoring water use in different parts of operations, implementing better wastewater management design, and installing technology to treat wastewater on-site.

To help craft breweries in their efforts to manage water sustainably, BLOOM launched an online platform, Water & Beer that provides them with detailed information on best practices in water management.

As the BLOOM survey has shown, awareness of resource conservation is increasing and there are a myriad of opportunities. Taking action on these opportunities will benefit their business, their local community and the environment.

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Energy efficiency upgrades to commemorate Canada’s 150th

Natural Resources Canada / Heads Up: Building Energy Efficiency / 29 June 2017

In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, Canadians from coast to coast to coast will celebrate our country’s history, not just on Parliament Hill, but in their own communities, at their local arenas and recreation centres. So what better year to make sure that those community gathering spots are as energy-efficient as they can be?

To mark the celebration, the Government of Canada’s Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is investing $300 million to retrofit and improve existing community infrastructure assets and facilities, including projects that ensure a better future for Indigenous peoples and promote a clean growth economy, such as upgrades that reduce water and energy, or installing renewable energy systems.

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Zero Carbon Building Standard

Canada Green Building Council / May 2017

The Canadian green building sector has been active – for decades – in finding ways to limit harmful impacts from the built environment. While many of these efforts have been voluntary, an increasing number of governments across the country have recognized the potential of the building sector to fight climate change and have set more specific targets. To meet the COP21 goal of keeping global average temperature increases well below 2ºC, green building organizations around the world are supporting the objective of eliminating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the operation of new buildings by 2030, and eliminating the GHG emissions from all buildings by 2050.

To meet those targets, bold new approaches are required to drive innovation. For its part, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has created a new zero carbon standard for assessing the carbon performance of commercial, institutional, and multi-family buildings in Canada. The CaGBC Zero Carbon Building Standard is a unique, made-in-Canada solution to achieving our climate change commitments, providing a path for both new and existing buildings to reach zero carbon.

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Study: Believe you can stop climate change and you will

phys.org / University of Warwick / 04 May 2017

“Often climate change messages try to persuade the public by increasing belief that climate change is real, or through fear of its dire consequences. But mere belief in climate change is not enough, and fear can backfire if we feel helpless and overwhelmed.

“It is vitally important that individuals appreciate the impact and value of their own actions for us to make a meaningful change as a whole.”

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