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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 Peel Climate Change Partnership works collaboratively on climate change initiatives and to secure funding that will help each partner reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to 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.

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 the Region is taking action on climate change to help build a greener, healthier, low-carbon community.

EVs significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions when compared to gas or diesel fueled vehicles, and the Region is enabling employees and the public to drive EVs by providing fee-per-use charging stations where demand is evident.

The Region has installed more than 100 charging stations across 20+ sites. Two locations offer public charging during regular business hours and have 50kW DC Fast Charging available. Chargers at other Regional sites are dedicated for fleet vehicles, or only available for employees and visitors accessing Regional services.

List of charging stations

Public access (daytime), visitors and employees

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

Visitors and employees only

  • Copper, Mavis and Wolfedale Yards
  • All Paramedics reporting stations
  • Caledon, Battleford, and Brampton Community Recycling Centres
  • Lorne Park and Arthur P. Kennedy Water Treatment Plants
  • G.E. Booth and Clarkson Wastewater Treatment Plants
  • Vera Davis and Malton Village Long Term Care Centres (Peel Manor planned)
  • Peel Regional Police Headquarters

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

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 2019 Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emission Report and the Region of Peel Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan 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.

For details, refer to Peel Region’s Climate Change Progress Report.