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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Huron County To Examine Carbon Emissions

Huron County | by Peter Jackson  
Examination of carbon emissions follows reports 60% of current emissions come from County-run buildings.

Huron County Council has received reports on energy use in its buildings and vehicles, and on local climate change trends which Warden Jim Ginn calls an "eye-opener".

The energy use document points out that corporate greenhouse emissions by the County totalled 3,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents in 2017, and almost 3,700 tonnes in 2018.

The report presented by County Climate Change and Energy Specialist Lily Hamlin shows 60 per-cent of the emissions came from its buildings, and the other 40 per-cent was generated by vehicles.

Ginn admits he's surprised, especially by the amount of greenhouse gases emitted from the County's buildings.

The climate change trend report predicts an increase in severe weather events, and changes in conditions on Huron for the rest of the 21st Century.

Hamlin attributes the situation exclusively on anticipated increases in greenhouse gas emissions worldwide in the coming decades.

Ginn says the County can do its part in getting in front of the climate change challenge.

He mentions "passive standard" construction of homes and other buildings, which will lead to lower heating and air-conditioning costs through less energy use.

The Warden also says "passive standard" can also be used in construction of the County's new headquarters building, which would carry a five per-cent increase over the current $41 million cost.

Ginn adds that the extra construction cost would be quickly made up, by using less energy.

The new administration facility's location is being reviewed with Clinton and Blyth among possible locations, as well as the former Victoria Public School property in Goderich.

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