Energy Evolution [ PDF 12.813 MB ] is the action plan for how Ottawa will meet its targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2040 within the corporation, and by 2050 Ottawa-wide. Its vision is to transform Ottawa into a thriving city powered by clean, renewable energy.
Realizing Energy Evolution’s vision will require concerted efforts and collaboration across all sectors of the community.
Energy Evolution is one of eight priorities in the Climate Change Master Plan. The Climate Change Master Plan is the City’s overarching framework to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and respond to the current and future events of climate change.
For a detailed overview of Energy Evolution watch the Energy Evolution Technical Briefing.
What will it take to achieve Ottawa’s emission reduction targets?
A technical model was used to determine what it will take to meet the greenhouse gas reduction targets. To achieve the targets, we need to:
- Significantly reduce demand for energy
- Phase out fossil fuels
- Increase use of renewable resources
A total of 39 actions were modelled. Details on these actions and their relative greenhouse gas emissions are included in the document Modeling Ottawa’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions to 2050: Summary of Results [ PDF 715 KB ].
The five actions which will have the most significant impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions are:
- Electrify personal vehicles
- Retrofit existing residential buildings
- Divert organic waste from landfill and create renewable natural gas
- Retrofit existing commercial buildings
- Transition to zero emission commercial fleets
Collectively, these five actions account for roughly 80 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions reductions required.