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Energy

Goal

To promote the wise use of energy and the transition to a carbon-neutral future. By 2020, the community of Thunder Bay will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% below 2009 levels.

Why It Matters

Energy is required by everyone to live and work. Using energy wisely results in many benefits such as reduced home and business operating costs and a cleaner environment. All forms of energy have environmental impacts, especially those produced from fossil fuels. The production and combustion of fossil fuels impacts air and water quality, and produces greenhouse gas emissions, impacting the earth’s climate and resulting in increased global average temperatures, melting of the Arctic ice cap and glaciers, and more severe weather events. It is necessary to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

Local governments are important partners in building Canada's green energy future and reducing Canada’s GHG emissions. Policies and initiatives undertaken by communities can have a significant impact on energy use. Focusing on conservation, efficiency and increased use of renewables are strategies that municipalities are embracing across Canada.

Objectives

A. By 2020, total municipal operations energy consumption (GJ) is 20% below 2009 levels and total community energy consumption (GJ) is 20% below 2009 levels.

B. Renewable energy is increasingly used to meet local demand.

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