The Regional Municipality Of York


Region maintains steady progress towards reducing greenhouse gases

Newmarket – The Regional Municipality of York 2017 Corporate Energy Report shows steady progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from Regional operations and associated energy consumption and cost.

“York Region continues to look for opportunities to reduce greenhouses gases,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “This report outlines our progress as an organization and provides insight on how we can stay in step with emerging technology while continuing to meet the needs of our growing communities.”

Accomplishments in 2017 include:

  • Installed anti-idling technologies on 46 ambulances
  • Generated enough electricity to power 25 homes (242 megawatt hours) for one year through solar generation
  • Improved transit bus fuel by four per cent through fleet upgrades
  • Built York Regional Police training facility to LEED Silver certification
  • Audited 15 Regional facilities for optimal performance, comfort and energy savings

“There continues to be tremendous collaboration across all our cities and towns in reducing the amount of energy we consume,” said City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Mario Ferri, Chair of Environmental Services. “York Region is taking necessary steps to ensure services to residents are delivered with energy conservation in mind.”

The annual report highlights 2017 Regional initiatives set out in the Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan. Endorsed by Regional Council in 2016, the plan establishes a roadmap with identified programs and targets to reduce greenhouse gases as outlined in the Green Energy Act, 2009.

In 2017, Regional energy cost totalled $49.4 million and produced 90,999 tonnes (75.4 kilograms per person) of greenhouse gas. This is 5.1 per cent below the forecast outlined in the Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan. Through collective effort, the Region is making steady progress on goals identified, and work is underway to update the plan to meet regulatory requirements by July 2019.

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns, and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 51,000 businesses with 620,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at

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Media Contact:

Masrine Guthrie-Peart, Corporate Communications,
The Regional Municipality of York
Phone:  1-877-464-9675  ext. 77272 or Cell: 905-251-6416

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