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Burlington ON, May 15, 2008: Energy conservation has increasingly become a key focus for Ontario municipalities. With financial assistance from Union Gas, a continued concern for the environment, and a strong focus on reducing energy costs and consumption, the City of Hamilton is taking steps in developing a sustainable energy plan and an effective energy management strategy.
Facilitated by 360 Energy, Hamilton’s Corporate Energy Steering Committee, comprised of managers and directors responsible for various cost centres, will undertake a process of completing a Sustainable Energy Plan. The participants are exposed to over 50 world-class energy management best practices and complete their own energy performance scorecard. The results identified lead to actions that can be taken to improve energy efficiency and cost avoidance activities.
Geoff Lupton, Manager of Energy Initiatives for the City of Hamilton says “Energy conservation and cost reduction needs to be a constant, sustainable initiative to be effective. Awareness events like Earth Day and Earth Hour are a great place to start, but we now intend to take it to the next level. We are beginning with the sustainable energy plan for all city departments to participate and hope to finish off meeting and or exceeding goals and objectives that we put a plan in place for this year and years to come.”
“Organizations, cities and municipalities across the country are beginning to see there are options for them in how they use and manage energy. Sustainable energy planning is a great starting point for all organizations, being able to prioritize energy ideas and actions that will be taken, and enlisting help from others for implementation. It creates a real team environment and Hamilton is demonstrating their effectiveness at being a leader at a provincial and community level,” says David Arkell, President of 360 Energy Inc.