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Partners for Climate Protection

GHG Reduction Initiatives - 2009

Landfill Gas station

City of Hamilton: Glanbrook Landfill Gas Facility

Local governments participating in the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program are reducing greenhouse gas emissions to a significant degree. PCP prepares monthly case studies to highlight the range of innovative initiatives being implemented by municipalities.

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    Dawson Creek’s energy-efficient exterior lighting

    The City of Dawson Creek, B.C., initiated a community energy plan in January 2005 that examines the municipality's current and future energy use patterns and identifies where improvements can be made. The city spent approximately $60,000 to purchase the new traffic, street and solar lighting and is saving approximately $15,000 a year in energy costs, for a simple payback of four years (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    City of Fredericton's Kimble Drive Solar Installation

    Since 2000, the City of Fredericton has applied an aggressive retrofit policy to all its municipal buildings. As part of this process, the city's property services division has been removing oil-fired boilers, furnaces and water heaters from many of its buildings and replacing them with natural gas-fired water appliances. Costs totalled $17,823 ($10,000 for the natural gas heater and $7,823 for the solar thermal system), and annual savings are estimated to be $3,385 for a simple payback of about five years (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    Surrey’s Single-Stream Recycling Program

    In 2008, the City of Surrey switched its three-stream recycling program to a single-stream system, allowing residents to place all recyclable materials at curbside unsorted. Recyclables are then collected using compaction collection vehicles, which dramatically increases collection efficiencies. More than 115,000 households participate in the program, with recycling rates jumping 10 per cent in the first year (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    City of Regina’s Building Retrofits

    The City of Regina aims to reduce GHG emissions from its municipal operations by 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2012. Between 2002 and 2008 electricity use at City Hall, for example, was reduced by about 23 per cent, while natural gas use dropped by almost 42 per cent (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    Ottawa’s hybrid diesel-electric transit buses

    In 2002, Ottawa city council adopted a Fleet Emissions Reduction (FER) strategy. The city chose Orion VII Next Generation transit buses and purchased two of the buses in late 2008. Using the NRC’s results on fuel economy, the city estimates the payback period to be about six years, once subsidization is factored in (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    Energy-efficient lighting at Edmonton’s LRT stations

    As part of a group of lighting upgrades to several LRT stations, Edmonton upgraded the lighting at the Grandin station, as well as its mechanical control and temperature systems. With annual savings of about $41,500, the project has a simple payback of 1.5 years and annual GHG reductions of 459 tonnes or 610,887kWh (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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