Federal government to use 100% renewable energy in its buildings
The Canadian government has announced it will reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions over the coming years, partly through greening its vehicle fleets, but also by retrofitting buildings.
On November 4, Scott Brison, president of the Treasury Board, announced the government’s intentions to reduce emissions by at least 40% by 2030, but hopefully before then, by 2025.
Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) and the Department of National Defence, two departments that oversee the building of infrastructure and facilities, account for more than 75% of the government’s greenhouse gas emissions.
To meet its reduction goals the government has already assigned $2 billion in its 2016 budget for building repairs and retrofits. Planned projects include renovations to heating and cooling plants in the National Capital Region of Ottawa that service more than 85 buildings and facilities.
Another strategy is to use green energy. By 2025, PSPC Canada intends to have green energy powering 100% of its buildings.
Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, said: “Public Services and Procurement is committed to supporting our government’s goal of reducing carbon footprint through green purchases and building management. These actions demonstrate our leadership and dedication to improving the environment and the quality of life of Canadians.”
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