Energy Evolution: Ottawa's Community Energy Transition Strategy

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Energy Evolution: Ottawa’s Community Energy Transition Strategy is the action plan for how Ottawa will meet the targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the community by 100 per cent by 2050. 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.

Energy Evolution will be presented to the Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management in the fall. We will be using this page to keep you up to date on Energy Evolution and upcoming engagement opportunities. Sign up for updates to be notified by email when new information and opportunities are added.

Energy Evolution: Ottawa’s Community Energy Transition Strategy is the action plan for how Ottawa will meet the targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the community by 100 per cent by 2050. 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.

Energy Evolution will be presented to the Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management in the fall. We will be using this page to keep you up to date on Energy Evolution and upcoming engagement opportunities. Sign up for updates to be notified by email when new information and opportunities are added.

  • Energy Evolution final report

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    14 Oct 2020

    The Energy Evolution final report and supporting documents are now available to download from the Council and Committee Meeting portal. The Energy Evolution strategy includes:

    • What it will take to reduce emissions in Ottawa by 100 per cent by 2050
    • The benefits of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and transitioning to a low carbon future
    • 20 community and municipal projects that have been identified to accelerate action and investment over the next five years (2020 – 2025)
    • The potential risks to implementation and how these risks will be mitigated


    The staff report addresses COVID-19 considerations and includes a proposed spending plan for the Hydro Ottawa dividend surplus.

  • Tune into the Energy Evolution Technical Briefing on October 9

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    05 Oct 2020

    Staff will be holding a technical briefing on the Energy Evolution final report for Council and the media on October 9 at 10 am.

    Tune in to hear an overview of the Energy Evolution strategy and what it will take for Ottawa to achieve its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. The presentation will be similar to the one given during the Public Information sessions in August but will include more detail about the:

    • Financial analysis
    • Proposed spending plan for the Hydro Ottawa dividend surplus
    • Staff recommendations

    You can watch the technical briefing live or later on YouTube.

    The Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water, and Waste Management will consider the Energy Evolution final report on October 20. Council will consider the final report on October 28.

  • Public information session presentation and speaking notes

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    Thank you to everyone who attended the public information sessions on August 19 and 20. The presentation and speaking notes are now available to download.

    The answers to all the questions asked during the session will be posted soon.

  • What is Energy Evolution?

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    24 Jul 2020

    Energy Evolution is the City’s community energy transition strategy. It sets out what it will take to achieve the City’s target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 100 per cent by 2050. Energy Evolution is a community-wide initiative with a vision to transform Ottawa into a thriving city powered by clean, renewable energy.

    To achieve this vision, residents, businesses, organizations and governments need to transition away from a dependence on fossil fuels by:

    • Reducing energy usage through conservation and efficiency
    • Increasing the supply of renewable energy through local and regional production
    • Prioritizing the procurement of clean and renewable energy

    Read more about Energy Evolution

  • Register for an information session

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    24 Jul 2020

    Find out more about Energy Evolution and what it will take to achieve the City's greenhouse gas emission reduction targets at one of two upcoming public information sessions.

    Register today to reserve your spot.

  • Energy Evolution survey

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    24 Jul 2020

    We want to hear from you! Complete the survey to let us know how likely you are to take actions to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions and the challenges you face. The results will help us to create programs that support you in reducing your greenhouse gas emissions.

    Take the survey.

  • Energy Evolution's priority projects

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    24 Jul 2020

    Energy Evolution identifies the following priority projects for the next five years (2020 – 2025) to accelerate action and investment to achieve the 100 per cent scenario.

    Land use projects

    • Official Plan – energy and climate mitigation priorities will be integrated into the new Official Plan and the supporting master plans

    Building projects

    • Existing buildings energy efficiency improvements – programs to accelerate and finance energy efficiency retrofits in residential and commercial buildings, such as the proposed Better Homes Loan Program
    • City buildings – a renovation and retrofit program to achieve higher building energy performance improvements in City owned buildings and an update to the City’s Green Building Policy to align with the corporate GHG reduction targets.
    • Building heating – a strategy to address infrastructure and utility requirements for new ways of heating buildings
    • New buildings – a high performance development standard to improve building design and construction

    Transportation projects

    • Electric vehicles – a strategy to enable and encourage personal and commercial electric vehicle adoption
    • City fleet vehicles – an updated plan to continue the conversion of City vehicles to hybrid and electric vehicles where possible
    • Zero emission transit – a program to transition buses to cleaner, non-polluting options
    • Sustainable transportation modes – strategies to reduce the reliance on personal vehicles by increasing the number of cycling, walking, and transit trips

    Waste and renewable natural gas projects

    • Organic waste diversion – a strategy to divert organic waste from landfill to reduce the emissions from managing waste and enable renewable power generation
    • Renewable natural gas – a strategy to supply GHG neutral gas and other heating to the community

    Electricity projects

    • Electricity resources – a strategy to develop local or regional renewable electricity supplies and advance zero-emission generation at the provincial level

    Private action projects

    • Advocacy – a strategy to coordinate communications with senior levels of government, utilities, stakeholders, the broader community and other Ontario and Canadian municipalities
    • Climate Ambassadors Network – a program to engage businesses and organizations to meet long term GHG reduction targets
    • Public education and outreach – a program to engage residents in collective action to meet long term GHG reduction targets

    If you’re interested in learning more about these projects and how you can get involved email the Energy Evolution team at energyevolution@ottawa.ca.

  • The benefits of Energy Evolution

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    24 Jul 2020

    There are many benefits that can be achieved by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and transitioning to a low carbon future.

    Improved local economy and job creation

    Supporting Ottawa’s local businesses in the transition towards a low-carbon economy will help companies reduce operating costs and represents an opportunity to:

    • Create local jobs – especially in manufacturing, construction and trades in the growing renewable energy sector and as workers are needed to perform building energy efficiency upgrades
    • Attract investment and support efforts to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and technology development in Ottawa
    • Keep a greater share of the money spent on energy within the local economy

    Healthier public

    Reducing fossil fuel use and changing the ways we get around the City has many health benefits, including:

    • Improved air quality and a reduction in the related health effects such as heart disease and breathing problems
    • Improved sleep due to reduced noise levels from vehicles and better insulated buildings
    • Improved physical and mental health from increased walking and cycling

    Equity and inclusion

    While everyone has a role to play in meeting Ottawa’s greenhouse gas reduction targets, some people are better positioned than others. By understanding barriers and opportunities to participate in climate solutions, Ottawa can ensure we leave no one behind in the low-carbon transition. Some projects and programs may be geared towards vulnerable populations as they may need greater support than the general population.


    Energy security and resiliency

    Increasing local renewable energy supply provides affordable energy to residents and businesses. It also helps to provide uninterrupted levels of service during extreme events.

    Reduce the impact of climate change

    Climate change is already impacting Ottawa. We are experiencing more extreme heat, flooding and tornadoes which are harming our communities, infrastructure, natural environment and economy. Climate science tells us that these trends will continue into the next decades.

    The extent of future climate impacts will depend on the action taken to reduce emissions. By taking significant action now we can avoid the unmanageable impacts of climate change.

  • Frequently asked questions

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    04 Aug 2020

    Find the answers to some of your frequently asked questions.