York Region’s Corporate Energy Report highlights successes in reducing greenhouse emissions
NEWMARKET - York Regional Council today released its annual Corporate Energy Report for 2011 which shows the Region is continuing to make strides to reduce its carbon footprint in the delivery of services to Regional residents and businesses.
“Climate change is a prevalent issue and York Regional Council is committed to ensuring we are doing our part as a corporation in reducing greenhouse emissions,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. “Major initiatives such as expanding our transit network to include dedicated bus lanes and adding new Regional forest tract holdings demonstrate our role as environmental stewards.”
York Region has established a minimum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standard for all new buildings and retrofitting of existing ones, including the York Region Administrative Centre located in the Town of Newmarket. The York Region Administrative Centre, which was recently ranked in the top 25 per cent municipal buildings in a nation-wide town hall challenge, is currently undergoing additional retrofits to achieve even higher energy and sustainability objectives.
The new Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Headquarters building in the Town of East Gwillimbury and the York Regional Police Central Services Building in the Town of Aurora are further examples of York Region’s commitment to LEED standards.
“York Region is achieving a solid return on investment for our greening initiatives,” said Town of Richmond Hill Mayor David Barrow, Chair of the Region’s Finance and Administration Committee. “Our work in this area will provide benefits for both existing and future generations of York Region residents.”
The energy report’s highlights include:
• York Region’s Greenhouse gas emissions declined by 5.5 per cent per capita (per Regional resident from 2006 levels
• Energy retrofits have resulted in $1.7 million in total savings over the last six years, while grants and incentives contributed another $1.2 million
• Energy retrofits of the York Region Administrative Centre have produced annual savings of approximately $200,000
• Cumulative savings after expenses of York Region’s Energy Program between 2006 and 2011 have totalled more than $419,000
Detailed information contained in the annual Corporate Energy Report for 2011 is compiled as part of requirements under Ontario’s Green Energy Act.
To view a copy of York Region’s energy report, please click here
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