The Community Energy Plan aims to improve the sustainability of how the region produces and uses energy. It outlines actions the municipality government will take to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy in the community. It strives to provide energy security, foster sustainability, and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Halifax’s Community Energy Plan was first adopted in 2007 and was updated in 2016 to reflect a two year strategy to implement a new Community Energy Plan. Read the 2016 update [PDF].
Why is a Community Energy Plan (CEP) important?
Every year, millions of tonnes of GHG emissions are generated right here in the Halifax region. Halifax also represents close to 60 per cent of the total ecological footprint of Nova Scotia. The CEP helps provide a holistic view of how to meet these energy needs. More importantly, it will help identify cleaner energy sources including renewables, and more efficient ways to use energy. The Halifax Regional Municipality has identified these as key strategies to benefit the environment and reduce energy costs.
Based on 2002 data, the greater Halifax community consumed over 54 million gigajoules (GJ) of energy in a year, equating to over 6.5 million tonnes of GHGs.
Objectives of the Community Energy Plan
The CEP’s goals in 2007 are to:
- improve the energy efficiency of buildings
- increase transportation choice and efficiency
- increase industrial energy efficiency
- encourage energy efficient land use planning and neighbourhood site planning
- increase efficiency of infrastructure
- increase energy security and diversify energy supply
- educate and engage residents and businesses
- demonstrate local government leadership
How can I get involved with the Community Energy Plan?
Engagement for the upcoming CEP review will be communicated to the public.
In the meantime, everyone can take an active role in monitoring energy consumption and patterns. Take responsibility at your home, at your place of work, or with your choices for transportation.
All publications related to the Community Energy Plan are in PDF format.
Report and presentation to Regional Council