Community Energy and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Plan

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Thank you for your interest in the Community Energy and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Plan!

Want to learn more and get involved?

  • Watch our new video overview here.
  • Complete our feedback form here.

The City of Barrie began developing a Community Energy and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Plan in late 2019. The Plan will suggest ways for residents, businesses, and different industries to use energy more efficiently.

What is a Community Energy and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Plan?

An initiative to reduce the community’s energy and GHG emissions. The City will lead engagement opportunities to collect information on how the City generates and uses energy in the community. The plan will examine current and future energy use and GHG emission scenarios. Focus areas of the plan include:

- Transportation

- Stationary energy (buildings)

- Waste

Barrie's Current Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

What we've learned so far:

  • The total energy consumption in Barrie in 2018 was 20 million GJ, and the total GHG emissions were 1 million tCO2e
  • The total energy cost to the community in 2018 exceeded $590 million
  • Transportation and buildings contribute 98% of community emissions
  • Private vehicle use (personal & commercial) accounts for more than half of all emissions
  • Without strong action, the community emissions will not meet Federal emission reduction targets in both 2030 and 2050.

Vision, Principles & Strategies

Working with a Stakeholder Advisory Group, we have developed a vision, principles, and (draft) strategies for the Plan.

Vision: The City of Barrie is taking an integrated, ambitious and action-oriented approach to climate action, which provides positive environmental, social, economic and health outcomes for all.

Principles:

  • There are economic benefits in pursuing climate action at the local level.
  • Recognize and promote the inextricable link between the natural and built environments, climate change and our communities' health and wellbeing, and foster the health co-benefits of climate action.
  • Pursue innovative solutions and an evidence-based approach to climate action.
  • Educate and inspire residents and businesses to make positive environmental change, building on the City's leadership.
  • Develop strategies that are equitable and enhance the quality of life for all residents.
  • Benchmark against best practices and look for continuous improvement.
  • Enable positive environmental actions amongst Barrie's residents.
  • Advance Barrie's climate and energy goals in partnership with residents, organizations and businesses.

Strategies: The strategies are described as 'Big Moves' within the Plan and are categorized within four areas; buildings, transportation, waste, natural environment and land use. Each Big Move includes a goal and supporting actions. *Please note: these strategies are in draft form and are subject to change.

Buildings

Goal: Near zero emissions in new and existing building stock

Strategies:

  • Deep energy retrofit program
  • Green development standard
  • Energy management and benchmarking
  • Rooftop/ground-mounted solar
  • District energy
  • Larger renewable energy infrastructure projects

Natural Environment & Land-Use Planning

Goal: Liveable neighbourhoods that support energy efficiency, mixed-use, complete communities & protection of the natural environment.

Strategies:

  • Higher density, mixed-use developments
  • Zero-emissions neighbourhood
  • Growing and buying local food
  • Carbon sequestration through trees, wetlands and other nature-based solutions

Transportation

Goal: Near zero emissions from transportation

Strategies:

  • Local transit options
  • Increased GO Train use
  • HOV lane on Hwy 400
  • Adoption of electric vehicles
  • Active transportation
  • Car-sharing programs and networks

Waste

Goal: Waste reduction through a circular economy

Strategies:

  • Strengthening the Community Sharing Economy
  • Supporting the reduction and phase-out of single-use plastics
  • Recovering energy and realizing the value of resources
  • Circular construction through low carbon development


We Need Your Help!

To help build a successful plan, the City is asking the public to provide feedback on our path forward. This is an opportunity to learn about the City's Community Energy and GHG Reduction Plan, participate in the planning process, and stay informed during the development of the Plan. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, engagement will take place online only.

Learn how you can reduce your energy consumption.

A virtual Public Engagement Meeting was held on April 22, 2021. View the presentation and read the meeting summary.


Thank you for your interest in the Community Energy and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Plan!

Want to learn more and get involved?

  • Watch our new video overview here.
  • Complete our feedback form here.

The City of Barrie began developing a Community Energy and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Plan in late 2019. The Plan will suggest ways for residents, businesses, and different industries to use energy more efficiently.

What is a Community Energy and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Plan?

An initiative to reduce the community’s energy and GHG emissions. The City will lead engagement opportunities to collect information on how the City generates and uses energy in the community. The plan will examine current and future energy use and GHG emission scenarios. Focus areas of the plan include:

- Transportation

- Stationary energy (buildings)

- Waste

Barrie's Current Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

What we've learned so far:

  • The total energy consumption in Barrie in 2018 was 20 million GJ, and the total GHG emissions were 1 million tCO2e
  • The total energy cost to the community in 2018 exceeded $590 million
  • Transportation and buildings contribute 98% of community emissions
  • Private vehicle use (personal & commercial) accounts for more than half of all emissions
  • Without strong action, the community emissions will not meet Federal emission reduction targets in both 2030 and 2050.

Vision, Principles & Strategies

Working with a Stakeholder Advisory Group, we have developed a vision, principles, and (draft) strategies for the Plan.

Vision: The City of Barrie is taking an integrated, ambitious and action-oriented approach to climate action, which provides positive environmental, social, economic and health outcomes for all.

Principles:

  • There are economic benefits in pursuing climate action at the local level.
  • Recognize and promote the inextricable link between the natural and built environments, climate change and our communities' health and wellbeing, and foster the health co-benefits of climate action.
  • Pursue innovative solutions and an evidence-based approach to climate action.
  • Educate and inspire residents and businesses to make positive environmental change, building on the City's leadership.
  • Develop strategies that are equitable and enhance the quality of life for all residents.
  • Benchmark against best practices and look for continuous improvement.
  • Enable positive environmental actions amongst Barrie's residents.
  • Advance Barrie's climate and energy goals in partnership with residents, organizations and businesses.

Strategies: The strategies are described as 'Big Moves' within the Plan and are categorized within four areas; buildings, transportation, waste, natural environment and land use. Each Big Move includes a goal and supporting actions. *Please note: these strategies are in draft form and are subject to change.

Buildings

Goal: Near zero emissions in new and existing building stock

Strategies:

  • Deep energy retrofit program
  • Green development standard
  • Energy management and benchmarking
  • Rooftop/ground-mounted solar
  • District energy
  • Larger renewable energy infrastructure projects

Natural Environment & Land-Use Planning

Goal: Liveable neighbourhoods that support energy efficiency, mixed-use, complete communities & protection of the natural environment.

Strategies:

  • Higher density, mixed-use developments
  • Zero-emissions neighbourhood
  • Growing and buying local food
  • Carbon sequestration through trees, wetlands and other nature-based solutions

Transportation

Goal: Near zero emissions from transportation

Strategies:

  • Local transit options
  • Increased GO Train use
  • HOV lane on Hwy 400
  • Adoption of electric vehicles
  • Active transportation
  • Car-sharing programs and networks

Waste

Goal: Waste reduction through a circular economy

Strategies:

  • Strengthening the Community Sharing Economy
  • Supporting the reduction and phase-out of single-use plastics
  • Recovering energy and realizing the value of resources
  • Circular construction through low carbon development


We Need Your Help!

To help build a successful plan, the City is asking the public to provide feedback on our path forward. This is an opportunity to learn about the City's Community Energy and GHG Reduction Plan, participate in the planning process, and stay informed during the development of the Plan. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, engagement will take place online only.

Learn how you can reduce your energy consumption.

A virtual Public Engagement Meeting was held on April 22, 2021. View the presentation and read the meeting summary.