Office of Energy Initiatives
The City achieved its 20% energy intensity reduction by 2013.
The Corporate Energy Policy was updated in 2014 with new targets:
Energy intensity in corporate facilities - 60% by 2050 & interim target of 45% by 2030
Fuel efficiency in City’s fleet vehicles - 20% improvement by 2030
GHG emissions - 80% reduction by 2050 & interim target of 50% by 2030 (previously approved by Council)
Hamilton Water to track energy intensity
Corporate Energy and Sustainability Policy
The Corporate Energy and Sustainability Policy, updated in 2020 is specifically designed to:
- facilitate the achievement of City-wide energy reduction targets
- provide for ongoing energy monitoring and targeting of utility usage
- define policies regarding capital investment related to energy
Specifically, this Policy calls for targeted energy reductions in energy intensity of City-owned facilities and operations of 45% by 2030 and 60% by 2050. In conjunction with related policies, the City’s Energy and Sustainability Policy will also make a significant contribution to achieving the goal of 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2030, and a long-term goal of net zero emissions by 2050. The report recommends that 2005 be used as the base year for measuring results.
The City first Corporate Energy Policy was created and adopted by Council in 2007. This policy calls for a review every five (5) years. Regular review of the policy is beneficial to further define its goals, targets and policy actions as regulatory framework, technologies and energy industries evolve.
Corporate Energy Annual Reports
The City of Hamilton continues to demonstrate municipal leadership in energy conservation and renewable energy. The City’s energy program plays an important role in mitigating against rising energy costs by reducing energy consumption and generating renewable energy that also assists in reducing the City’s overall environmental footprint.
Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking
The Ontario Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWRB) program requires owners of large commercial, industrial, multi-unit residential and other prescribed types to report their building's energy and water consumption data to the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines. It allows building owners to benchmark their building's energy and water consumption usage against industry trends, identify energy and water efficiency opportunities, and save money by tracking usage.
You can find more information on who needs to report and how to report at www.ontario.ca/reportenergywater.