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.

We have partnered with the Centre for Climate Change Management at Mohawk College to develop a home energy efficiency retrofit (HERO) program that will work to reduce household carbon emissions, but first we need to hear from you. Click the link to share how we can support you in reducing carbon emissions. Survey closes October 25, 2021.

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.

We have partnered with the Centre for Climate Change Management at Mohawk College to develop a home energy efficiency retrofit (HERO) program that will work to reduce household carbon emissions, but first we need to hear from you. Click the link to share how we can support you in reducing carbon emissions. Survey closes October 25, 2021.

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

  • 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.

  • Home Energy Retrofit Orientation Program Webinar

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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.

  • 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
  • Final Plan presented to Council on March 9th.

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    The City of Burlington declared a Climate Emergency early in 2019 and directed staff to complete a Climate Action Plan. Following a community engagement process and the modelling of energy and community data, a draft Climate Action Plan was presented by staff at the Dec. 2nd Committee of the Whole meeting. The draft plan was made available during December and January for public review and feedback. The final plan is being presented to the Environment, Infrastructure & Community Services Committee on March 9th - read the report and the Action Plan. The plan includes seven key program areas to help the community transition away from the use of fossil fuels, particularly for buildings and transportation including:

    • Low carbon building guidelines (for new buildings)
    • Deep home energy retrofit program (for existing buildings)
    • Renewable energy cooperative
    • Integrated mobility
    • Electric mobility and equipment
    • Waste
    • Industrial processes

    If you would like to speak to Council about this report, you may register to delegate – you have until Friday, Mar. 6th at 12:00 noon to register.


  • Draft Climate Action Plan to go to Committee of Council December 2, 2019

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    Thanks to everyone that provided input into the development of the Climate Action Plan to help Burlington achieve its goal to become a net carbon neutral community.

    Key program areas in the draft plan include:

    • Low carbon new buildings
    • Deep energy retrofits for existing buildings
    • Renewable energy
    • Integrated mobility
    • Electric mobility and equipment
    • Waste reduction
    • Industry processes

    Read the report

    If you'd like to speak to Council about this report, you may register to delegate - you have until Friday, Nov. 29th at 12:00 noon to register.




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