Feds spending $200K to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gases in Guelph

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City of Guelph officials say they have a plan for improvements at more than 100 facilities, after receiving $200,000 from the federal government.

Funding announced this week will support Guelph’s roll out of an ISO 50001-compliant energy management system plan for all city assets including buildings, fleet vehicles and streetlights.

“We are proud to support Guelph in its energy-saving efforts,” said Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph. “By working together, we can improve how we use energy in our buildings, while reducing emissions and supporting the community.”

The City’s plan will improve energy efficiency and performance and reduce operating costs at more than 100 facilities including office buildings, libraries, fire stations, parking structures, the wastewater treatment plant, and community and recreation centres. The municipality is contributing $435,000 to the project that has a $635,000 price tag.

“By implementing this global standard, Guelph will improve energy efficiency at our municipal facilities and reduce operating costs,” says Mayor Cam Guthrie. “Council and the community want to be held accountable for our progress towards a cleaner environment, and this funding helps establish the measurements to do just that. On behalf of City Council, I want to thank Natural Resources Canada for their investment in this effort.”

Energy management system compliance will:

  • Set targets and objectives to reduce energy use and costs
  • Use data to better understand and make decisions about energy use
  • Measure and evaluate energy use and greenhouse gas reduction results
  • Use evaluation results to continuously improve energy management

“These funds from Natural Resources Canada support the development of a corporate-wide energy management framework for Guelph that helps us meet Council’s goal of achieving 100 per cent renewable energy sources for all city needs by 2050,” said Jayne Holmes, deputy CAO of Infrastructure, development and enterprise services.

“Meeting ISO 50001 standards is also an action item of Guelph’s Strategic Plan to sustain our environment for current and future generations, respond to climate change and prepare Guelph for a net-zero-carbon future.”

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