World class energy performance for Ontario

February 23, 2015

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has just released Ontario’s Climate Change Discussion Paper 2015 and is seeking input.

The Ministry of Energy also has a program to encourage energy planning in communities.

This is a great opportunity to marry the two initiatives to help achieve the province’s vision to establish Ontario as a leader in climate change mitigation and science; redesign and build strong carbon neutral economy, communities; infrastructure and energy; protect ecosystems including air land and water; and leave a legacy of a healthy world for our children and future generations.

Last year was the hottest year on record while 14 of the 15 hottest years have been in this century.

Current scientific consensus is that the climate will increase by 4 degrees this century if the emission of carbon into the atmosphere is left unchecked and this will have irreparable consequences for people and the planet.  The science is unequivocal – as is the imperative to act. Global discussions are focused on what it will take to keep global warming to less than 2 degrees.  To do this means emissions must drop by 40 to 70 percent globally by 2050 (more in developed countries) and must be neutralized by the end of century.

That is a lot.  It will require concerted individual and collective action and cities have an important part to play.  If the Province wants to be a world leader then part of its plan must include support for cities to achieve world class energy performance.