Municipal Operations

Vision

By 2050, all of the City’s operations, fleet and buildings will be renewably powered. The City has consistently demonstrated a track-record of successful GHG reduction programs and partnerships with community. The City has found innovative ways to minimize energy use and GHGs without diluting the quality of public services or the quality of community life.

The Challenge

The City’s corporate GHG emissions account for one percent of our community’s total emissions, but in that one percent, we face challenges just like those faced in the community. Fossil fuels are burned to provide heat and hot water to buildings and to operate City fleet.  Along with operating public buildings like Crystal Pool and Royal Athletic Park, the City has over 200 vehicles supporting the departments of Parks, Recreation and Facilities and Engineering and Public Works – not including emergency service vehicles like police and fire.

The Plan

To reduce GHGs in our operations and transition to renewable energy will mean redesigning how we deliver services and manage City infrastructure (like roads, parks and street lamps). It will mean increasing building energy efficiency, reducing fuel demand in City fleet and choosing electric or renewable options where possible. Also, we will move away from fossil-fuel burning equipment to those that run on hydro-electricity, renewable natural gas and even hydrogen or advanced biofuels.

Read more about the plan to reduce corporate GHGs in the Climate Leadership Plan [PDF - 4.9 MB] on page 48

What are the City’s Goals for Municipal Operations?

Goal 1: The City is a recognized leader in climate mitigation and adaptation action

By 2040, all City facilities are powered 100 percent by renewable energy.

All new City facilities are renewably powered.

By 2025, all City power tools and small engine-driven equipment are renewably powered.

By 2040, 80 percent of the City fleet is electrified, or renewably powered.

Goal 2: The City takes integrated and informed climate action

By 2020, capital and operating plans are informed by climate data, carbon pricing, and the City’s GHG reduction targets.

By 2022 the City has developed a ‘triple bottom line’ accounting system that guides City business planning by assessing and balancing environmental and social risks and financial costs and opportunities.

Goal 3: The City will provide timely and accurate data supporting strong climate mitigation and adaptation actions

By 2022, partner with other local governments and the region to develop a community-accessible Energy and GHG information management System (EGIMS) to define, communicate and track community energy and GHG reduction across all sectors.