District Report Indicates Increase in Emissions

Posted: 2019-06-26 10:01:13 By: hbr

The District of Muskoka has missed the mark when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions over the past five years.

A recent staff report indicates that the total average greenhouse gas emissions from District operated facilities have gone up by roughly 1.6 per cent since 2013.

Staff indicated they had hit some of the targeted reductions they outlined in a plan from 2014. That includes reductions in electricity costs at the District administration building and the Pines long term care home from lighting retrofits completed in 2015 and 2016, as well as the completion of energy audits in some of the water and wastewater treatment facilities.

Nonetheless, the District did miss its overall reduction target. Staff said this was most likely due to increased heating and cooling demand as a result of changing weather patterns and changes in water and wastewater treatment production rates. 

Staff recommended the  development of an energy conservation and greenhouse gas reduction based committee by July 1 of next year, and a review and recommendation of future energy and green house gas reduction targets, among other recommendations.