Conservation and Demand Management Plan

Since 2011, the Municipality of Dysart et al has monitored energy consumption in 29 municipal facilities. These facilities range from sewer pump houses to solar panel connections to community centres. Read the 2020-2025 Conservation and Demand Management Plan.

Read the 2019 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report.

Corporate Climate Change Mitigation Plan

County of Haliburton Council has identified achieving appropriate climate change mitigation as a priority. The Corporate Climate Change Mitigation Plan sets a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the county and its four local municipalities by 30% below 2018 levels by 2030.

Chapter 3 of the County of Haliburton's Corporate Climate Change Mitigation Plan addresses recommended actions for Dysart et al regarding buildings, fleet, waste, and leadership.

Buildings

  • Continue to conduct energy audits on municipal facilities to identify retrofit opportunities, prioritizing those with the highest energy intensity or consumption. Ensure that energy audits consider renewable energy opportunities
  • Create a schedule and implement the recommendations from the energy audits for actions that are deemed to have a reasonable payback period. Each building will have its own recommendations, including improving building envelopes, lighting retrofits, HVAC replacement, automation, renewables, etc.
  • Implement a green building policy requiring higher construction standards for new municipal buildings. New builds should go beyond building code and consider lifecycle carbon emissions
  • Continue staff education on reducing energy consumption

Fleet

  • Install electric vehicle charging stations in municipal parking lots with prioritized use for municipal fleet
  • Develop and implement a green fleet policy (purchase the lowest emission vehicle where cost effective, right-sizing, anti-idling, etc.)
  • Implement fleet operator training for reducing fuel consumption (anti-idling, optimal driving behavior, etc.)
  • Monitor the feasibility of alternative fuel sources (ex. biodiesel and hydrogen)

Waste

  • Continue communication to residents and businesses on how to reduce and divert waste using recommendations from the Waste & Litter Reduction Education Report
  • Continue to support and promote backyard composting
  • Complete a waste composition study at landfill sites
  • Conduct a waste audit of our corporate waste and implement strategies to reduce waste that is generated from municipal facilities
  • Explore the use of a bag tag system and a bag limit policy upon review of the Integrated Waste Management Strategy
  • Invest in scales to provide more accurate data on tonnage
  • Expand options for re-use, including re-use centers
  • Explore the potential of organics diversion for yard waste and food waste at landfill and/or community sites
  • Increase source separation of waste in public areas (downtown, parks etc.) with clear signage and appropriate lids to encourage proper sorting

Leadership

  • Integrate comprehensive GHG and climate change considerations into municipal plans and policies (asset management plan, energy conservation and demand management plan, official plan, procurement policy)
  • Incorporate a climate change lens into municipal decision making (staff reports, RFPs, RFTs)

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