The Town of Newmarket is a known leader in environmental sustainability. One of the Town's recent initiative in this
capacity is the undertaking of a Newmarket Community Energy Plan, also known as a Municipal Energy Plan, which was adopted on June 7, 2016. If you require this document in an accessible format, please contact
What is a Community Energy Plan?
A Community Energy Plan is an initiative developed by the municipality to reduce the community's net environmental impact. This is done by introducing sustainable practices throughout a multitude of sectors including transportation, residential/non-residential and energy.
Newmarket's CEP is one of the first in Ontario. The Plan sets clear targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions with clear actions for achieving those results. Furthermore, the Plan identifies ways to support our local economy by increasing our community’s competitiveness, creating jobs in the energy sector, improving energy efficiency, and improving energy security. The CEP looks at the types of energy we use as a community, how much energy is used by our home and buildings, our travel, and how population, employment, and land use impact our energy needs. The vision for Newmarket's CEP is:
To create a sustainable community whose energy future is efficient, secure, reliable, and environmentally progressive. Our approach to managing energy will demonstrate leadership and be well beyond the ordinary.
Community Energy Plan Targets
- Reduce primary energy use per capita by 50%
- Reduce community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per capita by 50%
- Increase positive economic development and attractive returns
Newmarket Community Energy Plan Overview - Council Workshop (December 11, 2018)
Newmarket Energy Efficiency Retrofit Strategy (NEERS) Business Case
As a first step to implementing the CEP, the Town is undertaking the development of a Business Case for the Newmarket Energy Efficiency Retrofit (NEER) Strategy. The NEER program will focus on the acceleration of residential retrofits in the Town of Newmarket. The CEP made several recommendations, the first one being to create an Entity that delivers residential retrofit services using local contractors and public/private financing mechanisms. The Business Case will examine how a home energy retrofit program could be offered with the goal of retrofitting 80% of the homes in Newmarket over the next 20 years.
Learn more about NEER on our webpage.
A Message from Our CEP Stakeholder Advisory Group
"Around the world, municipalities are taking the lead on climate change. Newmarket is no exception. Newmarket has a strong reputation for environmental stewardship including early adoption of a pesticide ban, an anti-idling bylaw, and an eco-homes development. This Community Energy Plan is another step forward in Environmental Leadership on behalf of the residents of Newmarket.
This Community Energy Plan is one of the first in Ontario and sets clear targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions and clear actions for achieving those results. The stakeholders listed below worked and debated for well over a year before adopting a very ambitious plan for an efficient, secure and reliable energy future that is environmentally progressive and economically viable.
Community Energy Plan will take Newmarket from a future of expensive and inefficient energy consumption to a future that is sustainable and responsible. But to do this, we need the residents and businesses of Newmarket to embrace this Plan and to participate in its success. As you read this document, imagine yourself as an owner of the Plan and begin to make choices that will reduce your carbon footprint and make Newmarket a leader in wise energy use.
Working together, we can ensure that Newmarket's energy future is
Well Beyond the Ordinary."