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January 18 2021
HAMILTON, ON – The City is asking residents to provide input and share feedback on the Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP), a long-term plan to meet Hamilton’s future energy needs while improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The CEEP includes every aspect of city-wide energy use and GHG emissions, from homes to transportation to industry to waste.
Residents are invited to review the project information online, submit their questions and provide feedback. Community feedback is being gathered starting this week until Monday, February 15, 2021. Residents can also participate in a Virtual Information Meeting online or by phone on Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 7 to 8:30 pm where staff will provide an overview presentation of the CEEP and answer questions.
The feedback gathered from the engagement survey and virtual information meeting will inform the creation of a draft plan that will be shared in the spring of 2021.
- The CEEP is a critical part of the City’s climate change emergency response – it identifies a path for how the community can reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The plan will serve as a framework to transition Hamilton into a prosperous, equitable, post-carbon City.
- In 2019, Hamilton City Council declared a Climate Change Emergency and directed Staff to identify and investigate actions to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. A Corporate Climate Change Task Force was established to investigate actions and coordinate municipal work plans to respond to the climate emergency. The completion of a Community Energy and Emissions Plan achieves one of several climate goals and areas of focus for the Planning and Economic Development Department that contributes to Hamilton’s net-zero carbon emissions target.
- In 2020, capital investments with positive contribution to the City’s climate action goals equaled $202.4 million. This includes investments in transit, new high performance buildings/energy efficiency, municipal building energy retrofits, park development, and tree planting.