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Federal government to use 100% renewable energy in its buildings

November 8, 2016   CCE

Sir John A. MacDonald Building, a recently renovated federal government building in Ottawa.

Sir John A. MacDonald Building, a recently renovated federal government building in Ottawa.

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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1 Comment » for Federal government to use 100% renewable energy in its buildings
  1. Cyrus Rahimi says:

    It is wonderful.
    Bravo to this bright prime minister.
    It is the duty of the professional organizations like P.E.O and so on to help these initiative thoughts grow. Let Canada be the center of innovation and green like the past, why we always have to follow other countries. We have the most level of trades with the USA in the world but what about if next week Mr. Trump turn the table on us too. Signing the trade with Europe was one of the other best things that
    Mr. Justin Trudo did recently. we have to have the plan “B” if the plan “A” is not working.
    We have to appear more in international stage as an independent country. At the same time, all these trades have to be genuinely looked at by our professional associations before binding. In other words, we have to have a professional government besides our politicians.

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