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First Climate Change Action Plan progress report

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change of Ontario / March 2018

The Minister’s Progress Report provides a description and update on progress and outcomes for CCAP initiatives which have authorized funding commitments as of December 31, 2017. The Progress Report details progress on a total of 63 initiatives, which range from our Low Carbon Innovation Fund (LCIF), which is helping researchers, entrepreneurs and companies create and commercialize new, globally competitive, low-carbon technologies, to the Green Ontario Fund (GreenON), which helps consumers and businesses identify low-carbon technologies to manage energy costs and reduce GHG emissions, and offers support in making those options affordable.

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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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There will be floods — and Ontario’s not ready for them

TVO / Tim Alamenciak / 20 February 2018

The audience at the Provincial Flood Forecasting and Warning Workshop sat silently as the rug was pulled out from under them.

Municipal and provincial staff — many of them forecasters and emergency managers — were gathered at a Brampton conference centre to hear Gord Miller, Ontario’s former environmental commissioner, talk about climate change. What he had to say challenged many of the established practices and assumptions that had guided their careers.

His point was this: climate change has altered the fundamentals of the weather system. All of our old predictions — which were used to build thousands of kilometres of road, drainage pipe, and sewers — are inadequate. The changes to the weather system are so profound that old models and methods can’t accurately predict what’s going to happen; new models predict catastrophes so great that preparing for them could lead to bankruptcy.

“I don’t think here in Canada we understand what’s coming,” said Miller during the talk. “We have no predictability any more. One has to look from the perspective that all culverts are undersized. All sewers are undersized.”

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Energy efficient improvements for social housing

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change / 09 February 2018

Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, was joined today by Peter Milczyn, Minister of Housing and Parminder Sandhu, Green Ontario Fund board chair, to announce the launch of the GreenON Social Housing program.

Along with existing provincial programs designed for larger social housing buildings, this new program will help improve the energy efficiency of social housing apartment buildings with fewer than 100 units across the province.

Improvements will include upgrades to energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, windows, lighting and insulation. These renovations will also improve the living conditions for low-income and vulnerable tenants and the long-term sustainability of buildings.

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Still work to be done to meet climate change goals: report

Yahoo! News / Paola Loriggio / 30 January 2018

Ontario’s first year of carbon pricing went well but more work is needed if the province wants to meet its long-term goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the province’s environmental commissioner said Tuesday.

In her annual report, the commissioner said the government needs a better plan for spending the funds brought in by the cap-and-trade system, which amounted to close to $2 billion last year.

The money is meant to be earmarked for green projects and almost all of the $1.37 billion spent as of last November met the established criteria, Dianne Saxe wrote.

What’s more, some government ministries need to make more of an effort to consider climate change in their decision-making and spending, Saxe said. The Ministry of Energy was named as a top offender, in part because Saxe deemed that its newly announced long-term energy plan is “incompatible” with the province’s climate change law.

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OFA: Focus on adapting to climate change

Simcoe Reformer / Michael-Allan Marion / 28 January 2018

“The OFA is pleased to see a renewed focus by government on the need for adaptation to the potential impacts of climate change,” president Keith Currie said last week in a presentation to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, which is posted on the ministry’s Environmental Bill of Rights website.

“The agricultural sector has a long history of learning and adapting to the variability of Canadian weather and climate. Global warming and climate change, however, present a much more formidable challenge to agricultural production with an observable increase in the frequency of extreme weather events and changes to regional water cycles.

“The uncertainty and variability resulting from climate change presents significant increase risk to food production and rural livelihoods.”

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