Energy and climate change

Guelph is working on ways to use energy more wisely and reduce our carbon emissions in order to fight climate change.

City facilities, fleet and operations to use 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050 (100RE Target)

Currently, more than a quarter of all the energy used by the City comes from renewable sources. By further conserving energy and choosing cleaner sources, we’re planning to reduce our carbon emissions and use 100 per cent renewable energy for all our facilities, fleet and operations by 2050.

100RE Status

In 2020, 25.5% of the energy used by the City is from renewable sources and 74.5% is from non-renewable sources. In 2018 the 100RE status was 23.5% renewable. In 2019 the 100RE status was 24.5% renewable. In 2020 the 100RE status was 25.5% renewable.

Corporate energy consumption

Total corporate energy consumption: 136,886,150 kWhe (978 kWhe per person)

In 2020, total corporate energy consumption was 136,886,150 kilowatt hour equivalent. This works out to 978 kilowatt hour equivalent per person in the community. The composition of the total corporate energy consumption is:

Energy type Consumption
Vehicles propane 0.1%
Facilities propane 0.1%
Facilities district energy 1.3%
Vehicles gasoline 5.4%
Facilities digestor gas 12.5%
Facilities natural gas 20.6%
Vehicles diesel 25.2%
Facilities electricity 34.9%

In 2018 the total corporate energy consumption was 159,433,798 kilowatt hour equivalent.
In 2019 the total corporate energy consumption was 156,905,357 kilowatt hour equivalent.
In 2020 the total corporate energy consumption was 136,886,150 kilowatt hour equivalent.

Corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

Fleet: 60.4%, facilities: 39.6%

In 2020, the total corporate GHG emissions were 16,924,468 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent. This works out to 121 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent per person in the community. The composition of the total corporate GHG emissions are:

  • Fleet – 60.4% or 10,228,013 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent.
  • Facilities – 39.6% or 6,696,455 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent.

In 2018 the total GHG emissions were 19,528,261 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent.
In 2019 the total GHG emissions were 19,671,467 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent.
In 2020 the total GHG emissions were 16,924,468 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent.

City of Guelph Environmental Sustainability Report

City of Guelph energy consumption and greenhouse gas emission (2011 to 2019)

Guelph’s plan to become a net zero carbon community by 2050

We encourage people and organizations in the community to help implement Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative and become a net zero carbon community by 2050.

Community greenhouse gas GHG tracking

Yearly community GHG emissions

Guelph’s 2020 Community GHG emissions were 775,887 tonnes of CO2e. This equates to 5.35 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per person in Guelph.Past years’ Community GHG emissions were:

  • 2019: 775,887 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent
  • 2018: 929,859 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent

How different sector GHG emissions contribute to the total community GHG emissions

This is how different sector greenhouse gas (GHG)  emissions contribute to the total community GHG emissions:

  • Residential buildings (Includes fugitive emissions from oil and natural gas systems): 174,284 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent CO2e; 22.5%
  • Institutional/Commercial buildings (Includes fugitive emissions from oil and natural gas systems): 186,772 tonnes of  CO2e; 24.1%
  • Industrial buildings (Includes fugitive emissions from oil and natural gas systems): 189,305 tonnes of  CO2e; 24.4%
  • Transportation: 204,000 tonnes of CO2e; 26.3%
  • Waste and wastewater: 21,526 tonnes of CO2e; 2.8%

More ways Guelph is responding to climate change

In addition to using less fuel and energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Guelph is working to ensure our community is prepared to withstand and recover from the effects of climate change.

Learn more and get involved at guelph.ca/environment.

Recent news

City adding four electric buses to Guelph Transit routes by summer 2022
October 27, 2021

Guelph receives $200,000 to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gases
July 27, 2021

Council unanimously approves urban design plan for Baker District redevelopment
July 21, 2021

For more information

Energy and Climate Change
519-822-1260 extension 2672
[email protected]