City Pleased with Progress Update on Climate Action Plan

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Moose Jaw, SK – The City of Moose Jaw greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by 14.2% and it is set to meet or exceed targets set in the City’s Climate Action Plan (CAP). Those targets were a 20% reduction by 2025 and 45% reduction by 2030 over the 2019 baseline.

“We established aggressive reduction targets in the Climate Action Plan and are excited that we have made significant progress in reducing emissions while saving funds. This proves that reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which is the right thing for our environment, can also be practical” said Jim Puffalt, City Manager. “We are making a difference every day and can’t thank the team at the City and Greenwave Innovations enough for their tremendous efforts as well as the Government of Canada, the Government of Saskatchewan, and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for their funding contributions.“

At the meeting of Executive Committee Monday, March 13, Greenwave Innovations provided an update on the progress made towards achieving the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission and water waste reduction targets set forward within the CAP, which was approved by City Council in 2022 budget deliberations.

Highlights from the report include:
• In 2022 the City deployed electrical sub-monitoring systems into its 10 largest energy-consuming facilities which make up almost half of our total emissions
• The addition of solar panels at the Yara Centre, Moose Jaw Events Centre and City Hall, as well as the LED lighting retrofit at Yara Centre have helped reduce the annual electricity costs by over $41,000.00, while eliminating 267 tonnes of greenhouse gases (CO2e).
• The blower replacement project at the Wastewater Treatment Plant has seen cost reductions of almost $150,000.00 annually, while eliminating 1,399 tonnes of greenhouse gases (CO2e).
• In 2023 the focus will be on installing natural gas & water sub-monitoring systems into these same facilities while implementing all non-capital energy efficiency measures and prioritizing capital projects that show positive utility savings for the rest of the calendar year. Cost reductions and elimination of greenhouse gas emissions from the new High Service Reservoir Pumphouse will also be quantified.
• In 2023, the City will continue to work with Greenwave Innovations on capital grant funding opportunities for energy savings retrofits through the Community Buildings Retrofit program and other federal and provincial climate change funding programs.

A public engagement dashboard was installed in January of 2023 in the front hallway leading into City Hall’s lobby that displays Moose Jaw’s Climate Action Plan and the progress that is being achieved. Nine other dashboards are currently being installed at other City facilities including the Kinsmen Sportsplex, Yara Centre, and PlaMor Palace. The total cost of the solar panels at the Yara Centre, Moose Jaw Events Centre and City Hall, as well as the LED lighting retrofit at Yara Centre is $1,037,800.00, with $761,018.74 provided through Federal/Provincial funding, and the City of Moose Jaw contributing $276,800.00. In 2022, the City received $25,000 in funding through the Community Buildings Retrofit Fund offered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for building monitoring and analysis projects.

For more information on the City’s Climate Action Plan click here.