BRAMPTON, ON (September 23, 2020) – Today at a Committee of Council meeting, Members of Brampton City Council took a significant step towards meeting the City's goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Brampton by 80 per cent by 2050 by unanimously endorsing the City’s first Community Energy and Emission Reduction Plan (CEERP).
The CEERP, developed in partnership with Sheridan College, will act as a guide to help the City, residents and businesses develop and adopt new best practices to improve energy efficiency, reduce GHGs, ensure energy security, create economic advantage and increase resilience to climate change. Specifically, the CEERP has three goals:
- Reduce community-wide energy end use by at least 50 per cent from 2016 levels by 2041.
- Reduce community-wide emissions by 50 per cent from 2016 levels by 2041, and to establish a pathway to reduce emissions by at least 80 per cent in 2050 to meet or exceed federal and provincial targets.
- Retain at least $26 billion in cumulative energy costs within the community by 2041.
The City will meet these three goals through seven strategic directions. Each strategic direction has a series of objectives and 2041 targets that will direct City and community actions. To accelerate Brampton’s energy transition, the CEERP identifies six priority projects that are to be completed within the next five years. Beyond the priority projects, the CEERP outlines a number of actions over the next 20 years to meet the Plan’s objectives and targets. These actions are identified as on-going, short, medium or long term, and will be regularly updated.
For more information on the CEERP visit www.brampton.ca/ceerp
- In 2019, Brampton City Council voted unanimously to declare a climate emergency while aiming to reduce GHGs generated in the city by 80 per cent by 2050.
- The CEERP Community Task Force, a group of industry and community leaders, collaborated to develop the Plan.
- In February, Brampton City Council endorsed the planting of 50,000 new trees across the city every year, as part of the One Million Trees Program. This is another big step towards tackling the threat of climate change.
- Mayor Patrick Brown is a member of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, a first-of-its-kind global alliance of more than 9,200 cities leading the fight against climate change.
- The City of Brampton is a member of the Peel Climate Change Partnership, a collaboration between the Region of Peel and local municipalities that work together on projects and to secure funding that will help each member organization reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.
“The Community Energy and Emission Reduction Plan is another significant step on our journey to becoming a sustainable, Green City. Not only will it help us meet our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Brampton by 80 per cent by 2050, but it also shows that Brampton is a municipal leader in our fight against the climate emergency. We must all continue to work together to tackle the threat of climate change.”
- Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton
“Municipalities are responsible for nearly half of all greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. The Community Energy and Emission Reduction Plan is a clear example of Brampton’s commitment to being a Green City, and I am confident it will serve us in our dedication to improving energy efficiency, reducing GHGs and increasing our resilience to climate change.”
- Paul Vicente, Regional Councillor, Wards 1 & 5, Chair, Public Works and Engineering, City of Brampton
“To reduce our carbon footprint, we must continue to work together during this declared climate emergency. Thank you to all who collaborated as part of the CEERP Community Task Force, and to residents who attended the engagement sessions to learn more about the Community Energy and Emission Reduction Plan. It will serve as an essential roadmap on our journey to sustainability as we continue to build a Green City.”
- Doug Whillans, City Councillor, Wards 2 & 6, Member, CEERP Community Task Force, City of Brampton
“The Community Energy and Emission Reduction Plan, developed in partnership with Sheridan, will guide staff as we continue to work towards Brampton’s priority of being a Green City and strive to meet Council’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our community by 80 per cent by 2050.”
- David Barrick, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton
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