Community Energy & Emissions Plan

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The Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) is a long-term plan to meet Hamilton’s future energy needs while improving energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fostering local sustainable and community-supported energy solutions. The plan includes every aspect of city-wide energy use and GHG emissions, from homes to transportation to industry to waste.

In 2019, Hamilton City Council declared a Climate Change Emergency and directed Staff to identify and investigate actions to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The Community Energy and Emissions Plan is a critical part of the City’s emergency response—it sets the path for getting to net-zero by 2050. The Plan will serve as a framework to transition Hamilton into a prosperous, equitable, post-carbon City.

How the plan will be developed

Folder with arrow1. Data Collection
Energy use and emissions data will be gathered from across the City.
Arrows pointing up on a graph2.Establishing the Baseline & Business-as-Planned Scenario
A detailed baseline energy and emissions map of the city is developed first. Then energy and emissions are projected for the city through 2050. This is called a ‘business-as-planned’ scenario.
Clipboard3. Identifying Actions
Actions will be considered for modeling and inclusion in the plan. Actions could include increased energy efficiency, use of renewable energy, sustainable transportation and green building practices, among others. Public consultation will assist in identifying priority actions.
check boxes and chat bubbles4. Modeling the Future
After technical review and public engagement, a short list of low-carbon actions will be developed for future scenario modelling.
Puzzle Pieces5. Developing the Plan
A final scenario and its associated actions will be developed into a draft plan. Details of how these actions should be implemented will be developed. Public engagement on the draft plan will occur.
Presentation Icon6. Final Plan
The final draft plan will be presented to City Council for approval.

How to participate

Please review the materials under the CEEP Information tab, the FAQ's, and then join the discussion, complete the survey and submit any questions you might have for the Virtual Information Meeting.

The Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) is a long-term plan to meet Hamilton’s future energy needs while improving energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fostering local sustainable and community-supported energy solutions. The plan includes every aspect of city-wide energy use and GHG emissions, from homes to transportation to industry to waste.

In 2019, Hamilton City Council declared a Climate Change Emergency and directed Staff to identify and investigate actions to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The Community Energy and Emissions Plan is a critical part of the City’s emergency response—it sets the path for getting to net-zero by 2050. The Plan will serve as a framework to transition Hamilton into a prosperous, equitable, post-carbon City.

How the plan will be developed

Folder with arrow1. Data Collection
Energy use and emissions data will be gathered from across the City.
Arrows pointing up on a graph2.Establishing the Baseline & Business-as-Planned Scenario
A detailed baseline energy and emissions map of the city is developed first. Then energy and emissions are projected for the city through 2050. This is called a ‘business-as-planned’ scenario.
Clipboard3. Identifying Actions
Actions will be considered for modeling and inclusion in the plan. Actions could include increased energy efficiency, use of renewable energy, sustainable transportation and green building practices, among others. Public consultation will assist in identifying priority actions.
check boxes and chat bubbles4. Modeling the Future
After technical review and public engagement, a short list of low-carbon actions will be developed for future scenario modelling.
Puzzle Pieces5. Developing the Plan
A final scenario and its associated actions will be developed into a draft plan. Details of how these actions should be implemented will be developed. Public engagement on the draft plan will occur.
Presentation Icon6. Final Plan
The final draft plan will be presented to City Council for approval.

How to participate

Please review the materials under the CEEP Information tab, the FAQ's, and then join the discussion, complete the survey and submit any questions you might have for the Virtual Information Meeting.

  • Review Online Materials

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    The CEEP consultation materials include an informational video, the Hamilton Low-Carbon Actions Catalogue, and a Baseline and Business-As-Planned Report, which contains detailed energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions data for Hamilton. Following the January 28 Virtual Information Meeting, the presentation materials and the video recording of the event will also be made available for review.

    Informational Video – 5 Things You Need to Know About Hamilton’s Community Energy and Emissions Plan.
    A brief informational video that provides a background and overview of the development of Hamilton’s Community Energy and Emissions Plan, some of the opportunities and benefits of implementing such a plan, and provides guidance on how Hamiltonian’s can get involved. Watch the video.

    Hamilton Low-Carbon Actions Catalogue
    An information catalogue providing examples of implementation policies, programs and technological mechanisms as well as examples of how communities have implemented or are implementing low-carbon actions across Ontario, the country, and the globe. Review the Hamilton Low-Carbon Actions Catalogue

    Hamilton Baseline and Business-as-planned Report
    A technical report that contains Hamilton’s 2016 baseline energy and emissions profiles and the modeling results of a business-as-planned scenario. The business-as-planned scenario gives an indication of Hamilton’s energy and emissions profile in 2050 with the implementation of existing plans, policies and actions. Review the Baseline and Business-as-planned Report

  • Public Information Meeting - January 28

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    Please review the presentation (PDF) from the Virtual Information Meeting. Review the questions and answers that were discussed at the meeting.

    If you were unable to join us for the virtual meeting you can watch the recorded video below.