Draft Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP)

7 months ago
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Greater Sudbury’s Community Energy and Emissions Plan has been developed in response to a strategic priority of Council to provide leadership in the development and promotion of ideas, policies and actions that will mitigate the impact of climate change.

Council has voted unanimously to declare a climate emergency to protect the local economy, ecosystems and community from climate change. Staff has been directed to present a report by year end that describes an adaptation and mitigation plan with input from residents.

Greater Sudbury’s Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) will determine required actions and investments to achieve a net-zero emissions target by the year 2050. The goal is to reduce carbon emissions to as close to zero as possible and to offset any leftover emissions through renewable energy production, regreening and new technologies.

The draft Community Energy and Emissions Plan is open for review, comment and additional ideas until December 7, 2019.


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  • Mayple.au 7 months ago
    not related to the topic, per se.. however.. no other place to drop this idea...hoping someone here will hear it.. and put it in the right ear. - Energy Court Downtown, has much more potential for the greater good, than it is currently being used for. It could be used to warm the sidewalks so that no plowing.salting, sanding is required.. reducing costs, and making the Downtown much more pleasant. Key areas could be kept snow free and warm. It is done in Sweden and Norway, with success. What would be required to achieve this.. seems an easy win. Thank you.
  • Gbota 7 months ago
    The CEEP is an ambitious but needed plan. Given the few comments, I would encourage you to include a well planned marketing and sales plan that will reach all citizens and all businesses in Sudbury. The message needs to be: this is an Emergency and we will all be better off going forward vs status quo.The progress needs to be made public on at the very least, a yearly basis. This means all sectors and departments need to report on their progress on a regular basis (just as occurred with the sulphur emissions in the past).Finally, the big piece (and cost savings) not mentioned is the health care savings that will occur as this transition occurs. Climate change is our greatest health risk but also our greatest health opportunity. It has been estimated that the cost of addressing climate change is more than offset by the health savings that occur. Here is Sudbury we have already experienced the health effects of forest fires (more asthma, COPD and heart disease presentations to the ED). We have had increased mental health presentations secondary to loss of home. We have had increased numbers of injuries from falling off roofs last winter ( we know our winters are getting warmer and wetter). Active transportation, eating a more plant based diet will all improve health, save dollars and reduce pace of climate change.
  • Declaration 7 months ago
    Thank you for all of the hard work in drafting the CEEP! I have 2 things to suggest....1) I think a regular, perhaps 6 month progress reports are needed to keep track of progress.2) The City of Greater Sudbury pays a considerable amount for the Sudbury and District Health Unit (renamed). Public Health and Climate Change are highly interlinked. Will there be a cost savings in in local health outcomes for the city with the implementation of CEEP?Thank you. Jane
  • Glenn 7 months ago
    1/ 2050, while it is the apparent accepted date, it is too far in the future.2/ Eliminate the use of all fossil fuels in use by the city owned vehicles by 2030.3/ Provide incentives to city staff and council to lower their personal carbon foot print by using public transportation by 2030.4/ Reduce the amount of parking spaces provided at TDS by 2025. Parking to be available only on a priority basis.5/ All city owned building need to be off fossil fuels for space and water heating by 2030. Buildings that would remain in service should be retrofitted to improved thermal efficiency.6/ All new construction, regardless of the type of building, needs to have a means of generating their own power needs regardless of the weather conditions. This would include using storage batteries with lithium batteries being the preferred choice. 7/ Medium sized manufacturing businesses would be expected to be completely converted away from the use of any fossil fuels by 2030.8/ Large Industries that rely on fossil fuels in their process would have until 2040 to replace their current energy supplies with something that is carbon free. There are already means being developed that are capable of generating high temperatures. A means of capturing any off gases which may contain CO2 or combustible gases would be required.8/ All proposed construction starting from now needs to be assessed for the total amount of GHG created. This would include the GHG from making the materials used in the construction, including transportation, as well as that which is produced by the process itself. A sliding scale would need to be developed from now to net zero by the year 2040. 9/ Also starting now, naturally grown and developed objects such as trees and wetlands cannot be altered or removed without permission by someone in authority who has specific knowledge and training in this area. Trees are already known for their ability to absorb CO2 and wetlands assist the cleaning of water used domestically. There will be an energy saving but even more important 'water is life' and we're not doing a very good job of protecting it. The matter of dealing with contaminated run off water is an entire but just as important a concern as air quality. 10/ The transition to non-GHG emitting vehicles will not be the end of our issues but probably too big a subject for the city to deal with. Examples would include the materials and processes used in the construction of roads and the air borne waste from tires as they wear.11/ I will end here with the thought that even if there was no climate crisis the ending of our dependence on fossil fuels will be a major health benefit as our pollution filled airways are a major cause of early deaths to people all over the world.
  • Paula Worton 8 months ago
    people tend to resist change- no one likes to be told what to do. Sharing local green energy success stories will be reassuring. Heating a passive home on $100. a year is a nice idea. Encourage sharing of "little things" that people can do to help out.
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    • Metaldemon2000 7 months ago
      Youre right, we dont like being told what to do, thats why we live in a democracy. Heating a home on 100 bucks a year? Would you like a pipe with that dream?
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      • CeeVeeAitch 7 months ago
        "Democracy"....the term for corporate fascism, where the ones selected to be placed in "power" do as they're told to do by the ones with the money.Keep beLIEving your vote actually wields any power at all. We are a commonwealth of the crown, pay taxes to the crown (fraudulently I might add as ONLY a corporation can earn income....your all caps name is a strawman corpse-oration though. But you didn't know that, living beings earn wages, but you know nothing about the legalese...do you? Gotta love maritime admiralty law, UCC code lol), and we are living where we are given three main choices for government, unlike America which has two, but they're a corporation themselves, hence why they have a 'president' (research The Virginia Company and tell me what that was renamed). Stop with your preposterous replies to issues you know nothing about, please. Democracy...lmao....corporate fascist state...and corporate fascist military police state for the corporation to our South, The United States. Wake up.
      • Paula Worton 7 months ago
        check out passive homesCanadian ,eh??
  • CeeVeeAitch 7 months ago
    Alright...where in any talks and discussions are the following two very important aspects of our climate....1. Geoengineering2. Reducing greenhouse impact by giving up meat and dairy1. Geoengineering:Our weather, and thus climate, is being, and has been, geoengineered for many decades now through covert manipulation via HAARP systems strategically all over the world. Nobody speaks of this because most people do not research independently and avoid the nonsensical rhetoric the mainstream media feeds us. There is an agenda and it has been terrorizing us for long enough. For more on this research Agenda 21/2030/2050.2. The MOST important factor that nobody seems to talk about is giving up meat and dairy products. The meat and dairy industries create more toxic emissions that the ENTIRE transportation sector in our world combined!!! However, NOBODY seems to want to awaken to the atrocities being committed in CAFOs. This is mainly due to brainwashing by the mainstream media and biased and skewed reports brought forward by the meat and dairy industry themselves. One only needs to watch Cowspiracy, What The Health, Land of Hope and Glory, Forks Over Knives...to name a few,to comprehend the utter insanity that is the meat and dairy industry. If we collectively began to adopt a whole food, plant based way of life, we would drastically reduce our toxic emissions, and we could even reverse the damage being done. Remember, along with geoengineering, comes the spraying of our skies via chemtrails which allows these toxic emissions to literally be held up in our atmosphere. Driving a Tesla, but still drinking milk....you're doing nothing for your carbon footprint. We have the choice to educate humanity and end the senseless crimes against animals and wake up to the fact that,along with geoengineering, WE are the root cause of our problems. Climates will change as the cycle of the seasons do so organically...but, when we trap disgusting toxic emissions from feces, urine, blood, flatulence, etc , we are naturally going to have ever so slight increases in temperatures.For a city to declare an emergency for our climate but NOT speak one word of how we ignorantly eat meat and dairy, then we are doing NOTHING to actually combat the emergency itself. WE created the emergency! But, just as we created it, we can reverse it.We need to wake up and realize we live in a very sick world, led by very sick elites, who have us very sick and participating in very sick acts...like allowing other sentient being mammals to be slaughtered and murdered in their infancy....because that's supposed to be normal in our society?!?! Absolute rubbish.Until speaking on how our eating habits affect our climate the MOST, do not declare an emergency if you truly do not understand how we got to this point.
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    • Paula Worton 7 months ago
      I read the omnivores dilemma and have not eaten dead animal for years now
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      • CeeVeeAitch 7 months ago
        Thankful someone else here comprehends this! Good for you! It's insane we are told to eat dead flesh in order to live lol...then again, hypocrisy is wildly abundant in our society. Cheers!! Happy to see others who have woken up to this as well.
    • Sudburian 7 months ago
      "Remember, along with geoengineering, comes the spraying of our skies via chemtrails which allows these toxic emissions to literally be held up in our atmosphere."You're not going to be taken seriously. Sorry.
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      • Paula Worton 7 months ago
        we have to be aware of our impact as humans on aspects of our lives. Thanks for the reminder
  • isabellewilson 7 months ago
    I have read the entire report and then had a think and double checked my personal favourite cross references and wish to comment as follows:This report appears to have been written in order to justify some pre conceived outcomes I offer the following facts/opinions-as per the 2016 Federal census results the population is 161,531--single detached homes are 42,590, semi detached is 3.240 and row houses are 2,860-private dwellings are 69,150 and 20,490 are single person occupied and 25,560 are 2 person occupiedI do not believe you will get people to go to multi family housing. We like our front and back yards, .and our personal spacesI do not believe solar will work in Sudbury on a large scale.The logistics of sun/cloud cover is not in Sudbury's favour.The following is from Climate temps.com and I cross referenced it with Weather/Canada/ontMonth Hours of Sun % cloudyJan 2.09 75%Feb 3.23 66%Mar 4.23 62%Apr 6.0 55%May 7.09 52%Jun 7.48 50%Jul 8.58 41%Aug 7.42 45%Sept 5.02 59%Oct 3.48 64%Nov 1.54 79%Dec 1.40 79%Annual 5.01 42%Total hours of sunshine is 1834 out of a possible 4383 41.8% are sunny and 58.2 are cloudy/shade/haze or low intensityRoof top solar panels are dependent on the roof angle and solar farms are not efficient enoughIt would be better to go with what is known as "Smartflower" or petal shaped solar panel arrays as per "Ask This Old House.com", they are 40% more efficient. They look like a short stumpy wind mill and rotate with the sun angle. If you go to Little Current and drive towards Sheg. and go past the Ontario Hydro building you can see one on the right side. There are other ones on the Island. Building retro fits/New builds:All City of Sudbury buildings or funded structures should haveat a minimum the following:R100 ceilingsR80 wallsQuad pane windows and equivalent doorsLighting should be what is know as "kick on lights"-which go on when you walk down a hall or into a room or "motion detection lights" for both interior or exterior Toilets should be no more than 3L capacity and faucets should be motion activated (I got mine at Plumbing Warehouse on Lasalle- I even splurged and got the computerized ones that don't even need toilet paper)Water/Waste WaterYou can improve their efficiency by at least 1/3 and drop their operating expenses by simply fixing the leaking pipes.The City admits that they treat 20 megaliters of water each year and only bill for 13 megaliters (page 249 of the 2020 proposed budget)This can be partially funded by cancelling the 20 million dollars they propose to spend on replacing the existing water meter project - the current ones work just fine- and redeploying those limited taxpayer dollars to relining the existing pipes.This will also have the added benefit of removing the "Lead exposure" which exists to the people of Sudbury.If you want to know if you have lead water pipes coming into your house- its real easy. Go take a magnet off your fridge and go find your water meter and place in on the intake pipe leading to the water meter- if it falls off - you have lead pipes. The City and most of Ontario have them in all pipes installed in water mains prior to the 1990's. If you want more information please go read the online Toronto Star from late Nov 2019 -they have several excellent articles on this.Conversion to Electric Vehicles This is not workable Lithium batteries are classified as a Toxic waste. Their range of charge life is massively reduced with exposure to cold and is reported in the Globe and Mail-section Wheels to be reduced by up to 50% (you can read it online)-they did extensive testing last winter Yes- they do work underground for the Mines-but only because they do not have exposure to the coldAtomic EnergyDespite what the current premier is advocating, small atomic energy plants are not the answer -remember they can't dispose of the waste- they have no idea of how to dispose of it; -which has a 100,000+ year minimum life expectancy. Please remember Russia, Japan and 3 Mile Island. Also please note most of Europe is banning them and Germany is currently mothballing them and tearing them out.Despite all of the doom and gloom and the above I believe we will figure this out and solve our problems.This report that I have reviewed is not a viable answer .
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    • Paula Worton 7 months ago
      thanks for this- you point out spots where there is an option for new technology to be invented while recycling and reusing what works-and thanks for the tip about the lead pipes
  • Zap 7 months ago
    "Live Better Electrically" To bad it died in the late 60's with government subsidies to get everyone off of it and go to Oil and NGas. Seems like Governments can't get their heads around any one direction to fix anything. We were well on our way to clean environment in the 50's and 60's but with help, we got out of that idea pretty fast, Now they want us to go back to it. Maybe we will see a Gold Medallion Motel back on the Kingsway again soon. I know, it will have to be in between one of the car dealers now though, so not near as clean as it was for that area.
  • Eugenie 7 months ago
    Applause for this draft CEEP and the opportunity for public consultation. I agree with all the goals in all eight sectors. I would welcome the city making available for free use of either the model you used or a similar one so that we can play with the options and see for ourselves the impact on the levels of ghg emissions each action makes in what timeline. To that end the city could offer free workshops to master the computerized model at all the library branches. This could also be an excellent educational tool for all youth wherever we find them, i.e. senior grade schools, high schools, college, university, summer camps, Science North, etc.
  • distraction3345 7 months ago
    In no way am I in agreement with the declaration of a "climate emergency" and I do not wish my tax dollars to support any "development and promotion of ideas, policies or actions" in this regard. Thank you.
  • Jeff MacIntyre 7 months ago
    Include the need for a percentage of plugin parking spaces.
  • Jeff MacIntyre 7 months ago
    A strong focus on city planning is key to success. If we want to be energy efficient people should not have to drive across the city for goods. The addition of mixed use zoning to allow for commercial activity closer to where people live needs to be a key element. We need to revive the cores across Sudbury ensure they have basic commercial needs in their own backyards.
  • Paula Worton 7 months ago
    we have old mines in Sudbury- is there a way to harness and use the heat?Someone needs to design a geo thermal heat pump that will work with our unique geography.Other places ( Quebec) have greenhouses that provide fresh winter tomatoes that are sold in our local stores- growing local would save transportation cost and emissions
  • Paula Worton 7 months ago
    if we regreened the city I am sure we can reenergize it. I prefer ideas to arguments- we have lakes-why not solar panel on the ones that already have electrical grids to them? Could it be done??
  • D. Carriere 8 months ago
    After watching the Sudbury news re: reducing emissions and helping the environment I strongly feel that passing a law that burning wood “for enjoyment only” in outdoor fire pits and indoor fireplaces should be banned. I now have an extreme environmental reaction to smoke and I cannot go outside for walks anymore. Think about this: why do we allow people to cut down the one thing that cleans our air: “trees” to burn them and create emissions that pollutes the air and affects our lungs? Why are we allowing this to happen? Other municipalities have such laws, why can’t Sudbury District do the same? Thank you. D. Carriere
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    • Diane C. Lagrandeur 8 months ago
      I totally agree with D. Carrière...it isn’t logical to burn what cleans your air. We need all the help we can get by planting trees in this city just like London Ont. where I used to live...great looking mall parking with trees..city bylaw that protects every tree in the city from getting cut down. 2020 is upon us we need clean air and deserve beautiful tree in every available place
    • Metaldemon2000 7 months ago
      Over my dead body
    • Sly 7 months ago
      I completely disagree. Not only is fire part of the natural cycle of a forest (in the boreal forest), but letting wood die and rot on the ground is worse for the environment than burning it. Clean CO2 breaks down much easier than methane.On the social front, I cant believe someone opened this door. We live around so many rules and limitations, you want to make it illegal to have an open pit fire or fire place, sit down on a Friday night next to a fire with a beer? I’d be with you, if you’re suggesting to only burn untreated wood product (no tires, plastics, etc), but to remove the right of a recreational fire??? No way
  • Metaldemon2000 7 months ago
    Step 1, keep your hands out of my walletStep 2, keep your nose out of my businessYour job is to run a city, not dictate to us how to live our lives and not to pickpocket me every time you cant build a proper budget. Stop dreaming up ways to steal more money from us.
  • M.R.G 8 months ago
    Thank you for this work. Please strongly consider how the CEEP can aid in social inequality by providing locally grown foods through the reforestation of our city that can be freely foraged. As well, we must no longer encroach on wetlands and forests for any form of development. Use what we already have.
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    • Metaldemon2000 7 months ago
      Most of the wetlands here are man made tailings ponds.
  • Paula Worton 8 months ago
    financial incentives will be needed-partnering with large corporations ie Loblaws to retrofit their stores with renewable energy sources and green roofs for gardens will also help in reducing carbon but also reduce wear & tear on local roads during transportation.
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    • Metaldemon2000 7 months ago
      Hands off my tax money.
  • J-Y Bujold 7 months ago
    Please remember in your discussions that the use of fossil fuel also includes products such as a.c which is a necessary component to road building. In some areas alternative sources such as concrete can lessen reliance of the fossil fuel derivatives but the results cause problems of their own due to weather and ground stability. Repairs to shifting concrete comes to mind. Another observation is the reclamation of the landfill site which undoubtedly would be a good location for solar energy harvesting due to geographical footprint and distribution resources ( main feed line currently used to collect co generating plant emissions)Another worthy resource is the use of mother nature’s natural fertilizer of the leaf and yard waste collection. Should we not optimize its use to offset cartage of landfill cover?
  • Paula Worton 8 months ago
    make sure you connect with the planning dept. Complete communities can be a concept that requires coordination