Climate change is threatening people’s lives causing flooding, wildfires, extreme heat, food scarcity, disease, and economic loss. If we are going to mitigate the effects of climate change, we need to lower our greenhouse gas emissions, transition away from fossil fuels and move towards clean energy solutions.
A commitment to achieving net zero, carbon neutrality, climate positive, and more requires a shift in focus from how much energy we consume – while still important – to how much carbon is in that energy. This is key to redirecting our investments and changing how we operate.
The energy investments we make today will shape our emissions profiles for years, and even decades. It’s time to rethink what we consider a measure of success. Now is the time to factor emission reduction into capital planning and social stewardship. With the right analysis – building in long-term total cost-of-ownership – you’ll likely find the metrics make sense.
Organizations of all shapes and sizes are committing to emission and carbon-reduction targets. Although the journey may seem daunting, it doesn’t have to be. Whether you have a plan in place, need to develop a plan, or have no idea where to start, we can help cut through the complexity.
Audit and assess your energy consumption, focusing on high-carbon forms, and identify efficiency and fuel-switching opportunities.
With the best opportunities identified, look at green building and other design services in conjunction with holistic and long-term project costing.
When the business case is made and the capital allocated, mobilize mechanical, electrical and other engineering services. Specialized expertise in areas such as building automation or EV infrastructure is key.
Post-commissioning, conduct ongoing, actionable tracking to measure your success and define your offsetting requirements. Smart dashboards with built-in analytics can help.
If necessary, include offsets that have received third-party certification. There are a number of standards that are emerging to measure and ensure the validity of your climate-action promise.
At whatever stage you’re at, you’ll benefit from expertise that spans the full spectrum of related work, and from design that’s informed by real-world experience.
Like all Hydro Ottawa companies, we’re committed to achieving net-zero emissions within our own organization by 2030.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a global ambition but has to be achieved with locally-rooted strategies. Policies are ever-changing. Like energy markets and mixes, and electricity carbon intensities, they vary dramatically across jurisdictions. We’re experts in ours.
A sustainable future is just a dream without a reduction in fossil fuels. As part of the Hydro Ottawa Group of Companies, we understand low-carbon infrastructure, electricity load, electrification of transportation, and grid connectivity like few others.
Talk to us about next steps and service offerings