In response to the global climate emergency, many Ontario communities are developing ambitious community energy plans or climate action plans. These plans increasingly chart a long-term course towards net-zero emissions. To achieve this goal, communities are envisioning unprecedented transformations in how energy is generated and used in virtually every aspect of community life: how we live, work, travel, learn and play.
Pollution Probe and QUEST Canada’s Advancing Community Energy Planning Alignment & Implementation Framework for Ontario is intended to assist communities identify and activate the resources and actors needed to drive implementation of their energy or climate plan. The Framework provides an integrated approach that communities can employ to engage and align the efforts and objectives of all relevant stakeholders to unlock opportunities for achieving community energy and emission goals and supporting municipalities in the transition to net-zero. The Framework aims to improve the prospects and mechanics for CEP implementation, ensuring that resources are targeted at initiatives that have strong support, provide substantial benefits, and address broad community priorities.
This Framework will empower communities with the tools they need to get started on achieving their net-zero goals. Together, Ontario communities will be able to make their vision of a greener future a reality.
The City of Burlington graciously agreed to be the pilot community for the Advancing Community Energy Planning Alignment & Implementation Framework for Ontario. Funding to develop the Framework was provided in part through the IESO’s Grid Innovation Fund.