Climate Action Plan

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The City of Burlington has declared a Climate Emergency and on April 20, 2020 a community-based Climate Action Plan was approved at Council.

The plan includes seven key program areas to help the community transition away from the use of fossil fuels, particularly for buildings and transportation.

Related projects and policies include the Integrated Mobility Plan*; the Electric Mobility Strategy*; the Home Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program (HERO)*; the Sustainable Buildings and Development Guidelines; and Renewable Energy best practices research*.

(* means project is under development)


Read what the City of Burlington is doing to take action on climate change.

The City of Burlington has declared a Climate Emergency and on April 20, 2020 a community-based Climate Action Plan was approved at Council.

The plan includes seven key program areas to help the community transition away from the use of fossil fuels, particularly for buildings and transportation.

Related projects and policies include the Integrated Mobility Plan*; the Electric Mobility Strategy*; the Home Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program (HERO)*; the Sustainable Buildings and Development Guidelines; and Renewable Energy best practices research*.

(* means project is under development)


Read what the City of Burlington is doing to take action on climate change.

  • Climate Action Plan progress report

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    An update report on the Climate Action Plan is going to the Environment, Infrastructure and Community Services Committee on September 15, 2022.

    The purpose of this report is to provide an update on the progress of the implementation of the Climate Action Plan, providing a pathway to reduce community based greenhouse gas emissions to meet the target for Burlington to be net carbon neutral by 2050.

    The related climate adaptation plan, Climate Resilient Burlington: A Plan for Adapting to Our Warmer, Wetter and Wilder Weather, was approved by Council in July (EICS-12- 22). Prior to this, staff presented the draft Climate Resilient Burlington plan in May (EICS-02-22), which was made available on getinvolvedburlington.ca/crb for public review and feedback. Burlington’s climate projections report was presented in March 2021 (EICS-03-21).

    An update on the City’s Corporate Energy and Emissions Management Plan (EICS-06- 22) was presented in June, highlighting the progress to date on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from City operations (buildings and fleet) showing community leadership. The City has a target for its operations to be net carbon neutral by 2040.

  • Renewable Energy Research Project

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    One of the key program areas identified in the Climate Action Plan relates to increasing the use of renewable energy in our community. The City has partnered with the Engineering and Public Policy, W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology program at McMaster University to research best practices and opportunities to support the adoption of renewable energy in Burlington. As part of this research, we have a survey to determine the attitudes and experiences of Burlington residents in installing or are contemplating installing renewable energy options. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes.

    For full details of the study, please read the Letter of Information provided by McMaster University.

  • Final report on the Home Energy Efficiency Retrofit Project

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    Final report presented to the Environment, Infrastructure & Community Services Committee on March 3rd

    Staff from the City and the Centre for Climate Change Management at Mohawk College co-presented the final report on the Better Homes Burlington Home Energy Efficiency Retrofit Project to the Environment, Infrastructure & Community Services Committee on March 3rd. Council approved staff to proceed to the next steps to develop a business case for the 2023 budget process for the resources required to support home energy efficiency loans for homeowners. The program will make available loans of up to $10,000 to cover the costs of the installation of air source heat pumps and leak sealing. The program also entails a virtual delivery centre to provide guidance to homeowners on the available measures and incentive programs to help them improve the energy efficiency of their homes and reduce their carbon footprint.

    A follow up report will be presented to council in 2023 pending budget approval for the program to outline the details of the program requirements.

  • Final report on the Home Energy Efficiency Retrofit Project

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    Final report going to the Environment, Infrastructure & Community Services Committee on March 3rd.

    Staff will present the final report on the Home Energy Efficiency Retrofit Project to the Environment, Infrastructure & Community Services Committee on March 3rd. The city has been working in partnership with the Centre for Climate Change Management at Mohawk College on this project to assess the feasibility of developing a program to help Burlington homeowners improve the energy efficiency of their dwellings and reduce their carbon footprint. This has been identified as a priority program area under the Climate Action Plan.

  • City of Burlington awarded high marks for carbon disclosure and climate change efforts

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    The City of Burlington is pleased to announce it has received a B grade for climate action efforts from the Climate Disclosure Project (CDP). This is the first time the City has received a grade. CDP is a non-profit charity and provides a global disclosure climate action reporting platform for businesses and all levels of government.

    The City reported its progress on the implementation of the community-based Climate Action Plan, the community emissions inventory and carbon reduction target. CDP awarded the City a B for its reporting, recognizing its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions contributing to climate change.

    Reporting through the CDP platform helps the City to meet its reporting requirements for the Global Covenant of Mayors (GCoM), the largest global alliance for city climate leadership across the globe. The City joined GCoM in 2020 and was one of 25 Canadian municipalities to participate in Showcase Cities, a program hosted by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Partners for Climate Protection program and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. The program was designed to support municipalities in their actions to meet the requirements of GCoM.

  • Home Energy Retrofit Orientation Program Webinar - Nov 21

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    Did you know that 98 percent of homes built before 2017 need to be retrofitted by 2050 for the cities of Burlington and Hamilton to reach their carbon reduction goals? If you are a Burlington or Hamilton homeowner interested in learning more about energy efficiencies for your single-family home (detached, semi-detached or townhouse), register for an upcoming free Home Energy Retrofit Orientation (HERO) Program webinar to ensure you include energy efficiency as part of the renovation.

    What to Expect:

    • Module 1: Getting Started
      • Typical homes, energy audits, retrofit roadmaps
      • House as a system and air sealing upgrades
    • Module 2: Improve Your Envelope
    • Module 3: Optimize Your Mechanicals
      • Air conditioning and heating upgrades
    • Module 4: Keep it Flowing
      • Hot water upgrades, reasons to renovate, next steps

    Registration Details:

    Avoid disappointment and register now. There are only 50 spots available in each webinar session.

    This webinar is brought to you by Humber College and Enbridge Inc., supported by the City of Burlington, City of Hamilton and the Centre for Climate Change Management at Mohawk College.

    The webinar will be facilitated by Kirk Johnson and Jack Zhou. Kirk is a Sustainability Director with 17 years of experience developing sustainability programs across Canada to address capacity building, energy efficiency, and experiential learning opportunities in the built environment. Jack is a Managing Principal at A&J Energy Consultants and a well-recognized Certified Energy Advisor (CEA) for homes in Ontario, with over 10 years of experience in the industry.

    For more information, please contact Adrienne Madden, Industry Partnerships Lead, Centre for Climate Change Management at Mohawk College at adrienne.madden@mohawkcollege.ca or follow @CCCMatMohawk on Twitter.

    Take Action Burlington! Get motivated and empowered to take action on climate change by improving the energy efficiency of your home. Collectively we can make a difference.

  • City of Burlington recognized for Climate Action Plan efforts

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    The City of Burlington is among twenty-five municipalities across Canada that successfully completed an intensive pilot focusing on local climate action.

    In August 2019, Burlington was selected to join the first Showcase Cities cohort led by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM) Canada. As a member of this network, the City received free support to spur climate action at a local level.

    Municipalities are on the front lines of climate change, and through this pilot project which included technical support, training, exclusive networking opportunities and access to tools and resources, the City of Burlington advanced our ambitious climate action objectives.

    By participating in this pilot, the City has been recognized as a leader on local climate action both nationally and internationally and has been awarded the Mitigation Badge for setting its greenhouse gas emissions reduction target and completion of the Climate Action Plan.

    About Climate Action in Burlington

    The City of Burlington declared a Climate Change Emergency in 2019.

    In April 2020, the City followed with a Climate Action Plan that was endorsed by City Council. The Climate Action Plan represents the first phase for Burlington, with a focus on mitigating greenhouse gases (GHGs) and reducing energy consumption. The City has set a goal in its Strategic Plan to work towards being a net carbon-neutral community.

    Climate Adaptation Plan

    Another goal in the Strategic Plan is to develop and implement a climate adaptation plan. The City will now focus on developing a plan on climate adaptation, identifying ways for Burlington to improve its resiliency and adapt to the changing climate.

    Learn more at burlington.ca/environment.

  • Developing a Home Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program

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    Improving the energy efficiency of your home can save money, improve home comfort and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Most homes use fossil fuels such as natural gas, oil and/or propane for thermal (heat) energy needs. Certain measures can help reduce and/or avoid the use of fossil fuels, lessening your impact on the environment.

    The City of Burlington is working with the Centre for Climate Change Management at Mohawk College to develop a home energy retrofit program which will include developing a business plan for a delivery centre, assessing financing options for homeowners, and providing information sessions for homeowners. Community engagement will be part of the process, including a survey of homeowners to assess opportunities and barriers for improving energy efficiency. More information will be provided as the project progresses. In addition, the City is submitting an application to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for funding to support this initiative.

    For more information and resources related to home energy efficiency retrofits, check out the Energy page at www.burlington.ca/environment.

  • Burlington City Council approves Deep Energy Retrofit program

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    At the Sept. 28 Burlington City Council meeting, staff’s proposal to work with the Centre for Climate Change Management at Mohawk College to develop a deep energy retrofit program was approved. Implementation of a deep energy retrofit (DER) program can help homeowners improve the energy efficiency of their home, reduce their carbon footprint and increase home comfort. A DER program will help Burlington meet its Climate Action Plan objective to become a net-carbon neutral community by 2050.

    Staff will be applying to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Community Efficiency Financing initiative for a grant to support this work and will work with Mohawk College to finalize the agreement to oversee this partnership. Further details on community engagement opportunities will be available as the project progresses.

    What is a Deep Energy Retrofit Program?

    A deep energy retrofit program involves a systems approach to reducing carbon emissions from existing buildings, with a focus on actions that will reduce and/or eliminate the use of fossil fuels as a source of energy. Typically, there is a hierarchy of measures which can be implemented:

    • Adding insulation
    • Sealing air leaks
    • Upgrading mechanical systems
    • Replacing windows and/or doors
    • Water efficiency upgrades
    • Thermal controls
    • Renewable energy

    Depending on the work required, a deep energy retrofit can cost up to $30,000. Retrofits can be more cost-effective if timed with home renovations.

    For more information and to subscribe to updates, go to burlington.ca/environment

  • Options to Implement a Deep Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program for Homes

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    On July 6th, staff will present a report to the Environment, Infrastructure and Community Services Committee (of council) on options to implement a deep energy efficiency retrofit program for homes in Burlington. Staff are recommending that the city join with a municipal consortium led by the Clean Air Partnership, with support from the Independent Electricity System Operator, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, HRAI (Heating, Refrigeration and Air Condition Institute of Canada) and City of Toronto to develop a residential financing program. Other measures being recommended to support homeowners looking to improve the energy efficiency of their homes:

    • Updating the environment web page with resources
    • Support the Bay Area Climate Change Council and Centre for Climate Change Management at Mohawk College to develop an accelerator program to assist homeowners with home energy efficiency measures
    • Engage local trades and contractors to educate them about deep energy retrofits
    • Engage the Climate Action Plan community stakeholders to support home energy retrofits
    • Co-promote actions such as renewable energy, climate change resiliency (flood proofing), electric vehicles and bikes, and e-equipment (lawn mowers, trimmers and leaf blowers)
    • Consider the creation of a community-based demonstration centre for energy efficiency and resiliency measures
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