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Energy conservation and demand management plan

In September 2019, the Township of West Lincoln submitted the 5-year update to its Energy Conservation & Demand Management Plan to the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines. This plan was approved by Council on September 23, 2019, as per RFD-CAO-05-2019. This plan summarizes the Township's annual energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for its operations. It also describes previous, current, and proposed measures for conserving and otherwise reducing the amount of energy consumed by operations, and for managing the Township's demand for energy.

The Township of West Lincoln has met the challenges of monitoring and reporting of its energy consumption, as required by Ontario Regulation 507/18, and is driven to improve the energy efficiency of our operations due to rising energy costs, energy security, and environmental concerns.

The next update to the Energy Conservation & Demand Management Plan will be required by July 1, 2024.

Municipal energy consumption reports

In addition to the 5-year Energy Consumption and Demand Management Plan, Ontario Regulation 507/18 requires that the Township report on its operational energy consumption annually. Reporting energy consumption annually offers the Township a mechanism to both construct educated energy targets and to monitor if targets are being met.

Corporate initiatives

The Township of West Lincoln has recognized that many efforts toward environmental sustainability have been taken on by individual staff over the years. To leverage these efforts and encourage expansions of action and understanding, a corporately internal Green Team has been formed to implement consistent and beneficial practices across the corporation. Eleven staff, representing all areas of the Township, are involved in selecting and implementing collaborative initiatives and setting an example for the community. The Green Team is implementing several internal environmental actions. The initial list includes the following:

Recycling

The development of consistent recycling practices by staff across the organization with a focus on education to perfect sorting and increase beneficial collection.

Composting

The development of a composting plan focusing on sorting education and providing consistent facilities to ensure success.

Battery disposal

Working with Niagara Region Solid Waste Management, the Township collects single use batteries to insure that they are properly disposed of and diverted from the landfill.