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Why we need a Renewable City

The transport and use of non-renewable resources within and through Ottawa can easily have various negative implications on Ottawa citizens. Ranging from environmental to human health threats, it is in Ottawa’s overall favour to decrease dependence and trade-in non-renewable resources as much as possible. We continue to promote clean energy and other energy-efficient resources as alternatives for Ottawa and its’ citizens. Not only does it help the environment, but the economic savings are undeniable on both individual and governmental scales.

Throughout the years, various climate change agreements have been made on the federal, provincial, and municipal levels. Renewable City advocates to ensure Ottawa commits to upholding past agreements and to continue to work towards improving their own climate strategies. Reducing the effects of climate change cannot be done with half-hearted attempts; a firm hand to ensure political climate action occurs is a must.

Renewable City’s work has included calling for action against pipelines transporting crude oil in and around Ottawa. Our concerns lie not only in the environmental damages but to the severe threats to Ottawa’s drinking and groundwater. Should an oil spill occur in or along one of the various rivers flowing into the capital, the health implications would have devastating effects on all citizens. It is essential for these risks be taken into greater consideration.

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At 47% of Ottawa’s community emissions, buildings make up the largest-emitting sector in our city. This has clear implications for municipal climate action. If Ottawa wants to meet its greenhouse gas reduction target of 80% below 2012 levels by 2050, emissions from buildings must be a major target.

Ecology Ottawa has published a report supported by The McLean Foundation exploring the ways in which Ottawa’s buildings could be retrofitted to improve their condition and, ultimately, their impact on climate change.

We must invest in making Ottawa’s buildings vastly more efficient and powered by renewable energy. But improvements cost money. Even in cases where energy efficiency investments yield profit over the medium-term, many homeowners and large institutions like governments, hospitals, universities and schools find it hard to prioritize these investments over competing demands. The challenge lies in creating the right set of incentives in order to engage consumers in investments that can dramatically improve Ottawa’s emission performance.

Contact Robb Barnes, author of the report, for more information at [email protected]

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