The City of Guelph received two new awards for its effort to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
The Sustainable Communities Awards recognize innovation and excellence in municipal sustainable development across Canada in six categories: brownfields, energy, neighbourhood development, transportation, waste and water.
The City’s Community Energy Initiative (CEI) was recognized in the energy category.
Guelph’s goals under the CEI are to:
- use less energy in 25 years than in 2005
- consume less energy per capita than comparable Canadian cities
- produce less greenhouse gas per capita than the current global average
Greenhouse Gas Reduction Champion
As part of FCM’s Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program, the City of Guelph was also among five municipalities recognized for raising awareness of climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emission. Refer to FCM‘s news release.
The City has reached milestone 5 for community emissions. Members of the Partners for Climate Protection, go through a results-oriented program where municipalities progress through a five milestone framework that builds their capacity to:
- Inventory Greenhouse gas
- Set reduction targets
- Develop action plans to achieve their targets
- Implement actions
- Measure and report on their successes
Guelph has successfully produced reports on its energy use. According to the 2012 Energy Usage and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Summary Report, Guelph’s per capita energy use has dropped 26.3 per cent against a 2006 baseline and greenhouse gas emissions have fallen by 17.6 per cent against the same year. These numbers were achieved despite population growth of 21.7 per cent.