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 and operations to use 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050

Currently, about 24.4 per cent of 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 and operations by 2050.

The City is currently using:

  • 23.6% renewable energy
  • 75.6% non-renewable energy

Out of the renewable energy portion:

  • 0.2% solar
  • 6.4% biofuel
  • 46.3% digester gas
  • 47.1% renewable electricity supplied by the grid

The City’s 2019 sustainability report

City of Guelph energy consumption and greenhouse gas emission (2018)

City of Guelph 100 per cent renewable energy fact sheet

Latest updates

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

We’re working with Our Energy Guelph, a not-for-profit enterprise, to encourage people and organizations help implement Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative and become a net zero carbon community by 2050.

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.