Climate Change and Energy Management
Climate change is a global problem that has local solutions
Any change in climate over time, due to natural factors, human activity, or both, is considered Climate change.
The Climate Clock is ticking FAST
The Climate Clock tells us how much time we have left before it's too late.
The clock is based on the best available data from leading climate scientists around the world. Greenhouse gas emissions need to decline. If they don't, we're only years away from temperatures rising by 1.5°C and 2°C across the globe.
If we can stop this increase, we'll avoid global warming's most dangerous effects.
This video provides a snapshot of the effects of climate change in our community and our efforts to work towards a low carbon, resilient future.
Take a look at what's possible for Peel.
The Office of Climate Change and Energy Management (OCCEM) builds upon climate change and energy management initiatives happening across Peel and integrates the work towards achieving outcomes.
Working with Regional departments and community partners, OCCEM is:
- Developing solutions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have resulted in changing weather patterns causing extreme weather vents such as flooding and droughts.
- Setting actions in place that will prepare Peel for changes in our weather and seasons.
- Ensuring that the Region of Peel is positioned to respond to climate change.
- Ensuring climate change and energy management measures are effectively integrated and implemented into policy design and decision-making.
We're planting more trees to make it cooler
Peel's Urban Forest Strategy includes planting trees. Urban areas are usually hotter than rural or natural areas because they have more dark surfaces like asphalt roads and black roofs.
Trees keep things cooler by reducing surface runoff, providing shade, and absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
We're using more LED light to save energy
LED lights are more efficient at turning energy into light.
LED lighting retrofits at the Peel Integrated Waste Management Facility have reduced lighting energy costs by 60%, and illumination is 10 times brighter.
We're generating renewable energy
Renewable energy is energy from a source that isn't depleted when used, such as wind or solar power.
The Region generates renewable energy from biogas produced from the wastewater treatment process at the Clarkson (Mississauga) Wastewater Treatment Plant.
This produces 12,000,000 KWH of electricity annually: the same as powering 1,000 households a year!
We're working to ensure that Peel is a 'safe, healthy, prosperous, sustainable and inclusive community that protects its quality of life for generations to come.'
We'll achieve this vision through our Energy and Environment Sustainability Strategy (EESS).
The EESS is guided by 3 goals:
- Reduce corporate greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels.
- Ensure sustainable energy procurement.
- Ensure regulatory compliance.
We've completed the 2016 Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emission Report (PDF) and the Region of Peel Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan (PDF) to help us achieve our GHG emission reduction goal and maintain our regulatory compliance goal.
This is the third year the Region has submitted an Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emission's Report. The 2014-2019 Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan builds on Peel's previous energy plans.
We're well on our way in implementing our Energy and Environment Sustainability Strategy. Staff will continue to focus on reducing GHG emissions, sustainable energy procurement, and maintaining regulatory compliance. Working together with departments across the Region, we're on a path toward achieving our GHG reduction goals, helping to ensure that Peel is sustainable community now and into the future.