Last week, Ontario government announced its Five-Year Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) 2016-2020.
In this CCAP, there are various Action areas such as : transportation, building and homes, land-use planning, industry and business, collaboration with indigenous communities, research and development, government and agriculture, forest & land.
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More details about Ontario’s 5 year climate change action plan
Action Area : Government – Move toward a carbon neutral public service
Actions : Reduce emissions and energy costs across government
The Ontario Public Service (OPS) has more than 63,000 employees, billions of dollars in annual purchases of goods and services (including energy), more than 6,000 vehicles, and over 3.25-million square metres of building space.
This presents considerable opportunities for the province to lead by example, by becoming carbon neutral by 2018. Ontario has already made progress.
Since 2006, greenhouse gas pollution from the province’s vehicle fleet has been reduced by 18 per cent, from business-related employee air travel by 18 per cent, and from government-owned buildings by 30 per cent.
1 – Reduce emissions and energy costs across government
By investing to reduce greenhouse gas pollution in Ontario’s own facilities and operations, the province will reduce the cost of government operations, provide healthier workplaces for provincial employees, and inspire other employers and individuals to reduce emissions to fight climate change.
This action will:
1.2 Increase the reduction target: The new government greenhouse gas pollution reduction target will be 50 per cent below 2006 levels by 2030. Ontario will develop a long-term strategy to move all government operations towards carbon neutrality. Timetable: Action Start 2017-2018.
1.4 Green-up government vehicles: Ontario will buy or lease green-plate-eligible passenger vehicles for the OPS eet wherever possible. Government and corporate fleets present an important opportunity to showcase the viability and practicality of electric vehicles. Timetable: Action Start 2017-2018.
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