Community Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions
Richmond Hill has completed a Community Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventory for 2012 (Report). Our Community GHG Emissions Inventory Report shows that Richmond Hill lowered our community GHG emissions by 32 per cent per person between 2000 and 2012. Our population increased by 51 per cent during this time but out overall GHG emissions only increased by 2 per cent. The reduction per person was a result of:
• Increased public transit development
• More people using public transit
• Changes to the Ontario Building Code that encourage energy efficiency and conservation
• Move to cleaner electricity sources in Ontario, including the phase-out of coal-fired electricity generation
Community GHG Emissions Inventory Report [PDF]
Partners for Climate Protection Program
Richmond Hill joined the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) Program in 2000. The Program has more than 250 Canadian municipalities committed to lowering GHG emissions. There are five milestones in the Program that get municipalities to:
• Track GHG emissions
• Set GHG reduction targets
• Develop local action plans
• Report results of their action plans
This achievement earned the Town milestone five of the Community PCP program in 2015.
Annual Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report
In 2011, Ontario’s Ministry of Energy introduced Regulation 397/11 under the Green Energy Act, 2009 which requires public agencies to report their 2011 energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by July 1, 2013 and every year thereafter.
Richmond Hill is committed to reducing its energy consumption and associated GHG emissions for municipal operations. A copy of the 2014 Energy Consumption and GHG Emissions Report can be found at the link below. A hard copy of this report is also available through the Office of the Clerk at 225 East Beaver Creek Road (Ground Floor), Richmond Hill.
2014 Richmond Hill Energy Consumption and GHG Emissions Report (PDF)
Richmond Hill's Clean Air Initiatives
Energy Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) Plan
In 2011, Ontario’s Ministry of Energy introduced Regulation 397/11 under the Green Energy Act, 2009 which requires public agencies to develop a five-year energy conservation and demand management (CDM) plan. The first CDM Plan is due on July 1, 2014, and every fifth year thereafter.
The Town of Richmond Hill developed a five-year (2014-2019) corporate energy conservation and demand management plan for the Town of Richmond Hill. The plan comprises of a description of previous, current and proposed measures for conserving energy, reducing energy consumption and managing energy demand, including a forecast of the expected results of the current and proposed measures. It also comprises a summary of the Town’s 2012 energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for its operations, and a brief description of renewable energy systems installed on Town facilities.
A copy of the Town’s Council approved CDM Plan can be found at the link below. A hard copy of this plan is also available through the Office of the Clerk at 225 East Beaver Creek Road (Ground Floor), Richmond Hill.
Energy Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) Plan [PDF]
Council Extract - June 17, 2014 [PDF]
For more information regarding the Green Energy Act and Regulations visit the the Ministry of Energy’s website.