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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 Region will be a leader in the community to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to ensure its services, operations, and infrastructure are resilient to the impacts of climate change.

These combined efforts will enable the Region’s vision of building a Community for Life, where everyone enjoys a sense of belonging and has access to the services and opportunities they need to thrive throughout each stage of their lives.

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.

Other information

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!

The installation of EV charging stations is just one way that the Region has taken action on climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping build a greener, healthier, low-carbon community.

There are currently 43 Electric Vehicle charging stations across 11 Regional sites. Two locations offer public charging during the daytime. All other chargers are only available for staff and visitors at those locations.

List of charging stations

Public access (daytime), visitors and staff

  • 10 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton
  • 7120 Hurontario Street, Mississauga

Visitors and staff only

  • 2 Copper Road, Brampton
  • Wolfedale Yard, 3515 Wolfedale Road, Mississauga
  • Brampton Community Recycling Centre, 395 Chrysler Drive, Brampton
  • Caledon Community Recycling Centre, 1795 Quarry Drive, Caledon
  • Fernforest Ambulance Station, 1600 Bovaird Drive East, Brampton
  • Rising Hill Ambulance Station, 25 Rising Hill Ridge, Brampton
  • Thomas Street Ambulance Station, 2492 Thomas Street, Mississauga
  • Lorne Park Water Treatment Plant, 1180 Lakeshore Road West, Mississauga
  • Lakeview Water Treatment Plant, 920 East Avenue, Mississauga

Please note: regular business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with occasional pre-booked evening meetings. Staff may use any charger, including at 24/7 locations, if they are on-shift at that location.

A full EV Charging Station Operational Policy is in development.

The Peel Climate Change Partnership (PCCP) works together on projects and to secure funding that will help each member organization reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.

The Partnership includes:

  • The Region of Peel
  • The City of Brampton
  • The Town of Caledon
  • Credit Valley Conservation
  • The City of Mississauga
  • The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

PCCP past achievements include:

  • The 2011 Peel Climate Change Strategy.
  • 2006 and 2016 Peel Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory.
  • Vulnerability assessments.
  • Heat vulnerability or flood risk mapping.

Mandate

To courageously lead, communicate and work collaboratively with key stakeholders to drive local climate action and secure investment that enables the rapid and equitable transformation of municipalities and broader community, within the Region of Peel, to become low carbon and resilient.

Purpose: 2018-2022

The PCCP advocates for climate change policy reform and develops and implements best practices in order to:

  1. Reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in PCCP member organizations’ buildings and vehicles.
  2. Be better prepared for extreme weather and changing climate, such as increased flood risk and intense heat.
  3. Measure, report and share progress towards achieving GHG reduction targets and increasing resiliency.

Priorities

Low Carbon Communities Strategy

The PCCP will create a Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy. This includes installing more electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Peel Region.

Flood Resiliency Strategy

The PCCP will use the Risk and Return on Investment Tool to identify and support projects that will help avoid floods in Peel Region.

Green (Natural) Infrastructure Strategy

The PCCP will identify neighbourhoods in Peel Region that need more shade and prioritize tree planting in those areas.

NRCan funded Electric Vehicle charging station locations

The EV charging stations were made possible through Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan’s) Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP). The PCCP successfully applied for the federal funding.

The NRCan grant provided $207,000 in total for distribution across the partner organizations to install 43 electric vehicle charging stations across 11 region, municipal, and conservation authority owned sites by Dec. 31, 2021

Partnership Member Organization Location Number of Charging
Connectors (Level 2)
Region of Peel 7120 Hurontario 2
City of Mississauga Downtown Sheridan Parking Lot 6
170 Church St. 6
City of Brampton Cassie Campbell Recreation Centre 2
Loafers Lake Recreation Centre 2
Chinguacousy Wellness Centre 4
Riverstone Community Centre 4
Town Caledon (COMPLETE) Southfields Community Centre 7
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Restoration Services Centre 2
Boyd Field Centre 2
Credit Valley Conservation CVC Administrative Office 6

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:

  1. Reduce corporate greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels.
  2. Ensure sustainable energy procurement.
  3. Ensure regulatory compliance.

We've completed the 2017 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 fourth year the Region has submitted an Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emission's Report. The 2019-2024 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.