Q and A Backgrounder - CEEP

There is a need to reduce energy use and emissions in Red Deer with The City currently working to develop a Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP).

Why do we need to reduce energy use and emissions?

Reducing energy use and emissions, including greenhouse gas emissions, in Red Deer is one way we can help ensure a healthy and sustainable community today, tomorrow and into the future. Air is a priority for City Council, per the Environmental Master Plan, and The City is committed to working with the community to determine achievable actions and respective targets that citizens, organizations and stakeholders alike can implement to reduce energy use and emissions in our city.

What are Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

Greenhouse gas emissions are produced when we use energy and produce solid and liquid waste. Our homes, places of work and vehicles all consume energy and produce emissions. The total emissions from all of Red Deer’s energy use and waste production is currently 1.77 megatonnes (thousands of tonnes). That’s 17.5 tonnes per person, per year.

Why a Community Energy and Emissions Plan?

A Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) will be our roadmap for success. The Red Deer CEEP is looking to find ways to produce and use energy more wisely, to build efficient homes, to travel in energy efficient ways, and to produce less waste and better address the waste that we do produce. We’re figuring which areas to focus on and determining the actions we can take in these areas.

What will a Community Energy and Emissions Plan include?

The Community Energy and Emissions Plan will include a suite of actions for how we, as a community, can reduce our energy use and emissions. It may include, but is not limited to, things like:

  • How we build our neighbourhoods and the buildings within them
  • How we get around, for example more opportunities for active transportation or transit
  • What we do with our waste, such as managing organic waste
  • How we heat and power things, for example district energy systems or renewable energy
How will you involve the public?

Between November 2015 and April 2016, The City of Red Deer will work with stakeholders and the community to lay out a plan for reducing energy use and emissions in Red Deer. Public participation will take place through workshops and focus groups with broad, diverse and targeted activities. Information will be posted to www.reddeer.ca.

What is The City doing to reduce energy use and emissions?

The City is already working to reduce energy use and emissions within its own business areas, but there is always room for improvement, and we will certainly continue to explore innovations and technologies that can help us move the needle even further in the future. The following projects and initiatives are already underway to reduce energy use and emissions at The City of Red Deer:

  • Low emission busses
  • Investment in the Mobility Playbook to move towards a multi-modal transportation model
  • Composting at Home Program
  • Pilot for Curbside Organics Collection Program
  • Carpool.ca promotion
  • Idle Free Campaigns
  • Home energy audit rebates and kits
  • Methane capture at waste water treatment plant
  • Co-gen at the Collicutt Centre
Where can I find out more?

You can find out more about the Community Energy and Emissions public participation process at www.reddeer.ca/CEEP.