Today, Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, announced a $256,250 investment for three new Green Economy Hubs, including one in Peterborough, to help local businesses achieve their energy efficiency and sustainability goals.
“Our government believes that Peterborough has all the right credentials to be a national hub and leader in this work. Climate change is real. There is no longer a choice to be made between protecting our environment and growing our economy. We must do both,” said Monsef. “Local businesses play an integral role in creating a sustainable future. Becoming more energy efficient leads to lower energy costs and maintenance costs, creates less pollution, all the while creating jobs and increasing industry competitiveness.”
Green Economy Canada is actively working with local partners to establish Hubs in Peterborough and New Brunswick. They will be launched by fall 2020 to help businesses save money and reduce their carbon footprint, demonstrating that profitability and sustainability go hand-in-hand.
This project, funded through Natural Resources Canada’s Energy Efficiency Program, supports innovation for business and community sustainability.
Greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by 200,000 tonnes, the equivalent of taking over 42,000 cars off the road for one year, since the launch of the Green Economy Hubs in Ontario 10 years ago through engagement with more than 250 businesses.
Through Generation Energy, Canada’s national energy dialogue, Canadians expressed that they want Canada to continue to be a leader in the transition to a clean growth economy. The Government of Canada will continue to support smart energy initiatives that create a clean, sustainable, competitive energy sector that cuts pollution and acts on climate change.
“Peterborough is committed to addressing climate change, and to making measurable progress on our local Climate Change Action Plan. We’re excited to have been selected as one of the communities participating in the federally-funded expansion of Green Economy Hubs, and to be working with local businesses and community partners to co-create the tools, resources, and supports necessary to advance a low-carbon future in this region.”
City of Peterborough, Peterborough GreenUP, Peterborough Distribution Inc., Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development, Sustainable Peterborough, and Trent University
“Our transition to a low-carbon future is critical not only to address the enormous climate challenge we face, but to ensure Canadian businesses stay competitive in a rapidly shifting global economy.”
Executive Director, Green Economy Canada