- Alectra says its emissions have already decreased by five percent compared to 2016.
- New commitment will include fleet upgrades and renewals to more fuel-efficient vehicles.
- Alectra Utilities is the largest municipally-owned electric utility in Canada.
Mississauga — Alectra utilities announced a commitment to a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2026 (from 2016 levels) – a reduction of almost 2,000 tonnes of GHGs in seven years.
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing our planet and everyone has a role to play in solving it. With more than 60 percent of emissions coming from its corporate fleet, Alectra’s GHG emissions have already decreased by 474 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (tCO2e), or five percent compared to the 2016 baseline.
The reduction is primarily attributed to fewer kilometers traveled and the purchase of newer, more fuel-efficient vehicles replacing older vehicles.
Alectra’s commitment to a 20 percent GHG emissions reduction include:
– Decreased natural gas usage due to district energy system connection in Hamilton
– Fleet upgrades and renewals to more fuel-efficient vehicles
– Implemented idling control policy to reduce fleet emissions
– Building renovations to improve energy efficiency
“The company has already taken significant steps towards this target. Our collective efforts have reduced emissions by five percent since 2016”, said Dan Pastoric, Vice President of Strategic Growth and Special Projects, Alectra Inc.
Alectra decreased its natural gas usage through a connection to the district energy system in Hamilton. The district energy connection reduced heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) use that saw emissions drop by 44 tCO2e and a reduction of over 230,000 m3 on-site natural gas consumption.
Alectra is committed to being a leader in developing renewable energy solutions for its customers, the company has recognized a need to lead by example ensuring business is conducted in line with the company’s sustainability pillars.