Energy & Sustainability Framework

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 is also procuring third-party consultants to complete an energy use and emissions inventory, establish energy and emissions reduction targets, and produce scenarios that model policy choices and actions from now until 2050. There will be opportunity for public feedback on this work.

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 is also procuring third-party consultants to complete an energy use and emissions inventory, establish energy and emissions reduction targets, and produce scenarios that model policy choices and actions from now until 2050. There will be opportunity for public feedback on this work.

  • June Project Update

    In the past few weeks, we have celebrated two specific project milestones toward the development of Regina’s Energy & Sustainability Framework (ESF):

    • The Community Advisory Group held its first workshop on June 3. During this session, Group members heard an overview of the project’s timeline and their role and met the City’s consulting partners at Sustainability Solutions Group to better understand the work they will be doing.
    • The project team finished collecting all the data necessary (more than 70 data sets over six years) for creating the energy consumption and emissions inventory for Regina, both the community and municipal corporation.

    Team members have also been attending the Regina Farmers Market where we are spreading awareness of the Energy & Sustainability Framework. You can find us there most Wednesdays and Saturdays, so stop by to get some information, ask some questions, or just to say hi!


    What’s Next

    The next Community Advisory Group workshop will be July 6. This workshop will focus on discussing energy and emissions reduction opportunities and target setting.

    In July, the project team will get the first look at the completed Energy & Emissions Inventory. The inventory will be used to create a ‘business as usual’ model. That model shows what Regina’s energy use and GHG emissions will look like from now until 2050 in the absence of the Framework.

    View the project timeline.

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  • April 29 Virtual Presentation

    You’re invited to learn more about the development of Regina’s Energy & Sustainability Framework (ESF).

    On Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 12 p.m., Sustainability Solutions Group will host a virtual Microsoft Teams Live presentation. The ESF consultant firm will outline the research, technical work and engagement that will be conducted to complete Regina’s community-wide energy use and greenhouse gas emissions inventory, as well as the emissions reduction targets, scenarios and policy choices the city will need to make to be renewable by 2050.

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  • Community Advisory Group Established

    The City of Regina has formally established a Community Advisory Group to help guide development of Regina’s Energy & Sustainability Framework (ESF).

    The group will be consulted regularly throughout the development of the ESF and will provide feedback on the recommendations in the Framework report before it is considered by City Council in late 2021.

    The City extended invitations earlier this year to more than 60 organizations to seek interest in being participants. The Community Advisory Group includes members from more than 25 organizations representing environmental and sustainable energy advocacy, economic development, business, industry, education, labour unions, social and well-being groups and the Indigenous community.

    Membership on the Community Advisory Group is as follows:

    • Accessibility Advisory Committee (City of Regina)
    • Co-op Refinery Complex
    • CUPE Local 21
    • David Suzuki Foundation
    • Distributed Energy Association of Saskatchewan
    • Economic Development Regina
    • EnviroCollective
    • Fridays for Future Regina
    • File Hills Qu'Appelle Tribal Council
    • Metis Nation of SK
    • Miller Highschool Environmental Club
    • Regina Citizens Public Transit Coalition (RCPTC)
    • Regina Catholic School Division
    • Regina Civic Middle Management Association (RCMMA)
    • Regina & District Chamber of Commerce
    • Regina & Region Home Builders' Assoc.
    • Righting Relations Regina
    • Saskatchewan Electric Vehicle Assoc.
    • SaskEnergy
    • Saskatchewan Environmental Society
    • Saskatchewan Polytechnic
    • SaskPower
    • Senior's University Group
    • Unifor Local 594
    • University of Regina
    • Wascana Solar Co-operative Ltd.

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  • Consultant Hired to Begin Technical Research

    The City of Regina has awarded the contract for third-party consultant services to support development of the Energy & Sustainability Framework.

    Sustainability Solutions Group (SSG), a firm well known for completing similar frameworks for approximately 60 communities throughout Canada, has been hired. The scope of the firm’s work will include a community-wide energy use and emissions inventory, creating reduction targets and producing scenarios that model policy choices and actions for the next 30 years.

    SSG will use a six-phase process that has become widely accepted for energy and sustainability planning, and which includes public engagement at various points of the planning. The City of Regina is committed to ensuring that the Energy & Sustainability Framework also builds on work already being done in the community and is informed by a broad, diverse and inclusive range of stakeholders. The Community Advisory Group, which represents many of those stakeholder groups, will be finalized in the coming weeks.

    The Energy & Sustainability Framework and Action Plan will outline the steps needed to achieve a renewable Regina by 2050, including actions focused on land use and transportation planning, development and building permit guidelines, energy efficient building design, waste management, energy conservation, regulatory and financial tools, among other components.

    A total of six proposals were received from third-party consultants interested in helping develop the Framework. SSG is completing the work for just under $230,000 and is beginning immediately.

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