Energy & Sustainability Framework

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City Council voted unanimously for Regina to join the growing number of municipalities around the world and commit to becoming a 100 per cent renewable city by 2050.

The City’s goal is to achieve net zero carbon emissions and sourcing net zero energy from renewable sources by 2050. The primary focus is on climate change mitigation through a three-pronged approach:

  1. Reduce energy consumption
  2. Improve energy usage/efficiency
  3. Switch to renewable or low carbon energy sources

The Energy & Sustainability Framework will outline the guiding principles, community and municipal-wide action plans, timelines and targets necessary to achieve this goal, focusing on the

City Council voted unanimously for Regina to join the growing number of municipalities around the world and commit to becoming a 100 per cent renewable city by 2050.

The City’s goal is to achieve net zero carbon emissions and sourcing net zero energy from renewable sources by 2050. The primary focus is on climate change mitigation through a three-pronged approach:

  1. Reduce energy consumption
  2. Improve energy usage/efficiency
  3. Switch to renewable or low carbon energy sources

The Energy & Sustainability Framework will outline the guiding principles, community and municipal-wide action plans, timelines and targets necessary to achieve this goal, focusing on the community’s economic, social and environmental health collectively. City Administration have committed to providing this Framework for City Council’s consideration by end of 2021.

Community engagement is a very important part of developing the Framework. The City is committed to being informed by impacted stakeholders and the community at large to develop policies and action plans, and to ensuring the Framework builds on work that is already being done throughout Regina. This will include initiatives and methodology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero and create greater reliance on renewable sources of energy.

A key component of the City’s public engagement is the creation of a Community Advisory Group. The Group will represent multiple sectors within Regina and give input on the guiding policy principles of the framework as well as feedback on analysis, alternatives and proposed actions. It will be made up of representatives from non-profit organizations, business, industry and community groups.

The City has contracted Sustainability Solutions Group to assist in creation of the Framework, which involves completing an energy use and emissions inventory, establishing energy and emissions reduction targets, and producing scenarios that model policy choices and actions from now until 2050. There will be opportunity for public feedback on this work. Read the NewsFeed below for updates as work continues.

Regina in 2050

When you envision Regina as a renewable, net-zero community in 2050, what do you see? 

Share a comment that describes how you hope to experience our community in the future.

Good day,
I know this is a bit late, but I wanted to respectfully share my thoughts on the city’s sustainability program.
Legalize standup electric scooters, I was just in Spain and they are everywhere, being ridden by young people for fun, older people for fun and all types for transportation. I saw young executives dressed up taking them to work, and very quickly realized how much more congested the streets would be if not for the electric scooters. Offer some sort of incentive for delivery services to use electric mopeds during the six or seven monthes they can be used.
I’m okay with incentives for moderately priced hybrid and/or EV cars as well, not $75,000+ cars but moderately priced vehicles. But keep in mind, a lot of people in Regina won’t have access to plug their vehicles in at home to charge overnight; they rent or have to park on the street. So, unless we have hundreds of charging stations around the city, extreme congestion will occur, and the convenience will be lost. Also, please do not subsidize electricity for EV’s, we can all pay for our own fuel.
The renewable idea concerns me. Renewables aren’t reliable or resilient so the dirty secret about renewable energy is that all of our power plants have to keep running. Until a practical storage system is developed, all renewables will do is increase CO2 levels. In reading more and more, the countries that have invested heavily in renewables have increased their pollution, not decreased. They sound good but they aren’t the answer, actually nuclear and hydro are the cleanest. Our coal plant by Estevan emits hardly any CO2 because of carbon capture. Please consider; you’re going to spend millions and what will we achieve?
Another consideration, or dirty secret, of EV’s, is that in order to convert 50% of the vehicles in North America to electric, mining of metals etc would have to quadruple, think about that impact as well, please. Read or listen to Alex Epstein (one example) and consider the big picture, that’s all I ask.
Thank you for your consideration.
Steve

Stevenpja 4 months ago

A very highly taxed city that cannot afford what they are doing now.

Taxpayer 8 months ago

Localized energy networks based on solar and ground source heating, rain capture on all households, grey water recycling home retrofits, very limited pesticide use (only for emergencies), no more city "sprawl" (higher density spaces and more common green spaces), solar charging stations for cars and electric bikes, a smart grid for managing energy consumption, common green spaces with year-round cycling commute facilities (shelters for bikes, fixing stations), rental bikes and cars throughout the city, and more common spaces for families.

dahmst 12 months ago