Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The emissions from vehicles, homes and buildings all contain greenhouse gasses which contribute to climate change.
Climate change mitigation involves the reduction of GHG’s. Climate change adaptation involves assessing future risks and vulnerabilities associated with climate change and taking the appropriate measures to reduce or eliminate them.
There has been a 28% decrease in GHG’s between 2006 and 2012.
6.5 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions were produced in Mississauga in 2012. GHG’s have gone down Province-wide primarily due to the closing of coal plants, such as the Lakeview Generating Station.
Source: City of Mississauga
Managing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The City of Mississauga is contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the amount of energy used for City operations. The City has a 5 year energy conservation plan which highlights what the City of Mississauga has done to become energy efficient in City facilities and operations, and provides actions to reduce energy and GHG’s by an additional one percent for the next five years. Some examples of City projects that contribute to GHG emission reductions are:
- The Hershey Centre has an ammonia waste heat recovery system from ice-making operation which provides hot water and heating.
- 49,000 streetlights will be converted to Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights by the end of 2015, for a total cost of $28.5 million. LED lights use less energy, reduce maintenance costs, increase safety and visibility and reduce light pollution. The energy reduction from the LED lights installed from January 2013 to December 2014 is 8,306,452.21 kWh which equates to a cost savings of $1.3 million.
- MiWay buses use alternative fuels, such as biodiesel which produce less greenhouse gas emissions.