New Green Municipal Fund tool drives energy efficiency
Ottawa, July 7, 2020 — The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities are proud to launch the Municipal Energy Roadmap. This decision-support tool provides specific guidance to identify the most impactful solutions for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The Municipal Energy Roadmap will help municipalities discover solutions for energy efficiency in municipal, commercial, and residential buildings; learn about solutions for community sustainable energy generation; and implement strategies to drive these solutions forward.
The initiative is part of the Green Municipal Fund, a $1 billion program funded by the Government of Canada and delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. It is the first in a series of five municipal sector tools that aims to help Canadian municipalities identify the most promising sustainability solutions for their local context.
By working with residents, businesses and other stakeholders to create jobs, lead economic recovery, and significantly improve quality of life for residents, the roadmap is also improving the environmental footprint of municipalities and contributing to their long-term sustainability objectives.
“The Government of Canada is committed to helping communities become greener and more sustainable while making their operations more efficient and saving public dollars over the long term. The Municipal Energy Roadmap is a new tool that will help more communities improve their energy efficiency and reduce both energy costs and carbon emissions. The Green Municipal Fund is a great example of how we are partnering with local governments to build green, healthy, and more resilient communities where we can all thrive.”
The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“Energy efficiency is central to achieving net-zero by 2050. The Municipal Energy Roadmap will help Canadians save money and help their communities become more sustainable.”
The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources
“Local governments are critical partners in the fight against climate change. Tools to determine where we can best reduce emissions—such as the Municipal Energy Roadmap—are vital to support the deployment of clean technologies, create good jobs, and help Canadians save money. Together, we are making progress toward meeting and exceeding our Paris Agreement targets and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.”
The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
“For 20 years, GMF has helped municipalities switch to innovative sustainable practices faster. Maximizing results requires more than funding. Municipalities want to plan, initiate, and maintain projects more efficiently for the long term. The Energy Roadmap will help them get there–and enable local action that can help achieve Canada’s climate change goals.”
Bill Karsten, FCM President
Through its unique mix of training, resources and funding, the Green Municipal Fund (GMF) builds communities’ capacity to design and implement sustainability initiatives.
Since 2000, GMF has helped bring over 1,300 projects to life – making life better for millions of Canadians.
GMF-funded projects have cut 2.6 million tonnes of GHG emissions – the equivalent of taking 594,000 cars off the road. GMF supports local innovation that can be replicated and scaled up across the country to tackle Canada’s climate challenges.
GMF has created over 10,700 jobs across the country.
The Green Municipal Fund is a $1 billion program funded by the Government of Canada and delivered by FCM to municipalities on behalf of the federal government.
GMF was endowed with an additional $950 million federal investment in the 2019 federal Budget to scale up its mission to drive cost-saving energy-efficiency across Canada and deliver results to Canadians.
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
FCM Media Relations
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