Community Energy Considerations for Municipal Climate Change Policy Development on New Buildings

To reach our community greenhouse gas reduction targets, the Region of Waterloo is positioned lead by example, using Regional Official Plans (ROPs) to set a clear policy direction.

In 2021, WR Community Energy was invited to provide comments on the Region of Waterloo’s Policy Direction Paper on Climate Change as a part of their ROP review.

This report, by Alex Benzie (University of Waterloo) and Matthew Day (WR Community Energy), provides a summary of the key themes that emerged from three years of community energy work in Waterloo Region and interviews with industry leaders. It includes an overview of connections between the Community Energy Investment Strategy and the ROP.