How Can Cities Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Improved Energy Management?

Building Momentum: Provincial Policies for Municipal Energy and Carbon Reductions(68 page pdf, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Sep. 26, 2013)

Today we review the annual report by the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) on energy conservation. He has recommendations on ways both the province and municipalities can improve improved energy conservation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Cities have a role to play in areas such as: development of municipal energy plans which focus on those activities entirely within their mandate or where a municipal role is well -defined:  in zoning district energy systems for more efficient building heating , in using Development Charges to discourage sprawl rather than the opposite, in reporting real-time use of energy for large buildings and in requiring energy audits  and to implement more efficient municipal energy retrofits.

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