London’s 2014-2018 Community Energy Action Plan (CEAP) was approved by Council in July 2014 and it set out an action plan with the following goals:
- Increase the local economic benefit of sustainable energy use through cost savings from energy conservation and energy efficiency, revenue from local production of clean and green energy products, and job creation associated with product and service providers engaged in these activities.
- Reduce the environmental impact associated with energy use, through the use of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets, namely:
- 15% reduction from 1990 levels by 2020,
- 37% reduction from 1990 levels by 2030, and
- 80% reduction from 1990 levels by 2050.
Over 80 percent of the strategies and City-led actions set out in 2014 were completed by the end of 2018, with significant progress made on the remaining items. Examples of recent City-led actions include:
- Completing the Green Municipal Fund study to examine barriers to “green development” and how to address the barriers in the context of a multi-use development;
- Completing the Local Energy Efficiency Partnerships (LEEP) for Renovation workshops for Natural Resources Canada and the London Home Builders’ Association;
- Partnering with the London Environmental Network to support the launch of Green Economy London, a target-based sustainability program for business launched in May 2019.
For more information, please read the April 2, 2019 report, 2014-2018 Community Energy Action Plan – Final Update report to the Civic Works Committee on the Council and Committee Meetings page.
Other indicators of community-led progress for the 2014-2018 CEAP include:
- As of January 2019, there were 23 BOMA BEST Sustainable Buildings in London, up from four in 2013.
- As of April 2019, there was almost 20 megawatts of renewable power generation capacity (solar, biogas, and small hydro) in London, up from 2 megawatts in 2011.
- As of December 2018, there were almost 3,300 hybrid & electric vehicles registered in London, up from almost 1,500 in 2013.
As of 2018, London’s total GHG emissions were 9 percent lower than 1990 levels, and the three-year rolling average for total GHG emissions for the 2016-2018 period was 13 percent below 1990 levels. In 2018, it is estimated that $160 million in energy costs were avoided through energy efficiency (using 2010 as a baseline) and, added up year-over-year, Londoners have avoided over $730 million in energy costs since 2010.
On November 19, 2019, City staff will be launching the development of our 2019-2023 Community Energy Action Plan. We will need to get started and elevate activity quickly. To achieve the CEAP’s current 2030 goal, Londoners and London businesses will need to double our collective pace for reducing our GHG emissions from the two percent per person per year reductions seen over the last five years (2013-2018) to four percent per person per year over the 2020-2030 period. Changing the timeframe of the goals to increase actions is doable, but requires additional commitment and desire from residents and the business community. That will be one key aspect of the upcoming community engagement.