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Region outlines targets in its Energy plans

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York Region’s 2019 Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan includes short, medium and long-term targets for an energy-wise vision of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from Region-owned and operated facilities and assets to 2051.

York Region owns and operates over $12.3 billion in assets in the form of buildings, transit vehicles, fleet vehicles, water and wastewater facilities and supporting infrastructure. The plan outlines ways the Region can further reduce energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through a mix of conservation, efficiency and renewable energy alternatives.

Accomplishments to-date include:

  • Living Building certification for the Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre as the first building to achieve this recognition in Canada
  • Completion of 17 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED certified buildings
  • Making retrofits to York Region Transit buses resulting in increased efficiency and 1,100 tonnes of GHG emission reduction per year
  • Approving pilot project for six battery electric transit buses
  • Installing anti-idling and hybrid technologies that reduced ambulance fuel consumption by 84,500 litres since 2017
  • Integrating 18 hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles into the corporate fleet to achieve better fuel economy when compared with standard combustion engine alternatives
  • Conducting energy audits to identify opportunities at existing buildings
  • Installing 21 solar panels that generate enough energy to power 45 average sized homes for a year and approximately $150,000 in annual revenues for the Region
  • Conserving approximately 10.6 mega-litres per day of water and wastewater that require treating through water conservation and inflow and infiltration prevention programs

York Region completed its first energy plan in 2014 and it was updated in 2016. The initiatives were developed in collaboration with Regional departments, York Regional Police and Housing York Inc. and will be updated every five years.



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