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 Region’s Climate Change Master Plan has a 10-year planning horizon and provides details for decision-makers on what solutions should be acted upon to achieve the Region’s climate change outcomes. The plan seeks to reduce corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 45% below 2010 levels by 2030.
The five outcomes are:
- Build Capacity
- Reduce GHG emissions
- Be Prepared
- Monitor and Report
The Climate Change Master Plan Executive Summary provides a concise picture of how the Region of Peel is stepping up to the challenge to address climate change.
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.
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 transitioning to a low carbon community
Deep energy retrofits tells us what changes are needed in a building to better manage energy efficiently. The Region is conducting a series of deep energy retrofits at regional facilities to find ways to reduce its energy consumption and GHG emissions as it transitions to a low carbon community.
The Region is working to develop a building standard that ensures that all new facilities are constructed to use energy more efficiently while cutting its GHG emissions substantially.
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!
Have a look at the Climate Action Atlas to see how the Region of Peel and other local municipalities are taking action on Climate Change.
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.
Learn more about the Peel Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy.
The Region of Peel is committed to developing and implementing strategies to reduce environmental impact and ensure its services, operations, and infrastructure are resilient to the impacts of climate change while maintaining regulatory compliance.
Under the Electricity Act of 1998, Ontario Regulation 507/18 mandates broader public sector, including municipalities, to report to the Ministry of Energy on their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions on an annual basis and to publish the reports on their websites.
In addition, public agencies need to develop and implement a five-year Energy Conservation and Demand Management (ECDM) plan and publish the plan on their websites. Beginning in 2019, the ECDM plans must be revised every five years.
- 2018 Energy and GHG report
- 2019 Energy and GHG report
- 2019 Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan
For reports prior to 2018, please contact us.