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Ontario to spend $7-billion on sweeping climate change plan

Globe and Mail / Adrian Morrow, Greg Keenan / 16 May 2016

Ont+Que+Cap+and+Trade+20150The Ontario government will spend more than $7-billion over four years on a sweeping climate change plan that will affect every aspect of life – from what people drive to how they heat their homes and workplaces – in a bid to slash the province’s carbon footprint.

Ontario will begin phasing out natural gas for heating, provide incentives to retrofit buildings and give rebates to drivers who buy electric vehicles. It will also require that gasoline sold in the province contain less carbon, bring in building code rules requiring all new homes by 2030 to be heated with electricity or geothermal systems, and set a target for 12 per cent of all new vehicle sales to be electric by 2025.


Ontario investing in advanced transportation technologies

Government of Ontario / 25 April 2016

ontario_logoPremier Kathleen Wynne announced today that the province will provide $10 million over four years to the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC).

Industry and academic researchers are collaborating through CUTRIC to develop next-generation transportation technologies to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This includes R&D on new technologies such as lightweighting materials and autonomous software leading to demonstration and commercialization. This investment is part of the province’s Climate Change Strategy, supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy.

CUTRIC is also partnering with Brampton Transit to lead the Pan-Ontario Electric Bus Demonstration Trial, a large-scale demonstration trial of zero-emission buses by seven transit agencies. The project will also involve a number of partners from transit agencies to utilities and bus manufacturers to demonstrate how electric buses can help the province meet its GHG emissions targets.


Home Energy 101 course offered online

GCNews / March 2016

REEP Energy CoachREEP GREEN Solutions is offering a free online course on how to make your home more energy efficient.

Through a series of interactive videos and blog posts, the course walks homeowners through steps to make their homes more comfortable, save money, and help slow climate change.

The first lesson provides an overview of the systems and components that influence home energy use. Subsequent lessons cover topics such as:

  • attic, basement, and wall insulation
  • moisture in basements
  • choosing windows
  • deciding whether you need a new furnace
  • reducing hot water use and heating water more efficiently.

Little environmental diligence from builders and homeowners

Globe and Mail / John Lorinc / 16 March 2016

building-coldeWhile estimates vary, climate experts say that buildings account for about 20 to 30 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions (the figure varies depending on the source of the electricity used to heat, cool and light buildings). Residential homes account for about half that amount, according to federal government estimates dating back to 2005.

There are opportunities to make huge strides by using a range of technologies and design approaches – everything from increasingly inexpensive solar panels to passive cooling techniques, such as the use of awnings or wider overhangs. But in most of North America, and even provinces such as Ontario, which has adopted comparatively ambitious carbon reduction strategies, decision-makers have neglected to take full advantage of a policy lever that has driven dramatic changes in the carbon footprint of Northern European nations: the building code.


Going green gets easier

Kingston Whig-Standard / Ian MacAlpine / 07 March 2016

Green Economy KingstonWith the intention of helping Kingston businesses and organizations become more environmentally conscious, Sustainable Kingston will be launching a new initiative on Thursday afternoon.

The program, Green Economy Kingston, will provide support, resources and networks for businesses and organizations interested in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. Kingston will be the eighth community across Ontario to launch the program.

The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Grandview Room at the Delta Waterfront Hotel. Approximately 100 people are registered so far to attend the networking event.

Ruth Noordegraaf, the part-time executive director of Sustainable Kingston, said that with more talk at the federal government level around the implications of climate change and new policies and regulations that will be introduced soon, it’s a good time to help local businesses go green.

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Kingston Community Energy Plan

City of Kingston

KingstonCommunityEnergyPlanUnderstanding 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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