London-Middlesex is in the Red/Control category of the Provincial Keeping Ontario Safe and Open framework. A number of City facilities have reopened to the public for in-person programs and services.
The City of London engages residents and businesses with a number of environmental initiatives to help Londoners understand and reduce their environmental impact.
Get involved with opportunities to engage with local environmental programs.
The first step you can take is to measure your household's carbon footprint. More than 1,000 London households have already used Project Neutral’s carbon calculator to create a personalized action plan, and start making a positive impact. Discover your carbon footprint in five minutes and better understand your climate impact.
The City of London's CityGreen program identifies initiatives designed to help Londoners make ‘greener choices’. CityGreen encompasses several departments and divisions within the Corporation and includes such broad topics as sustainability and climate change.
We provide communities with meaningful information that allows communities to track their progress and celebrate their achievements.
We also want to understand what communities are interested in, and can work with groups to help them take action on these interests.
CityGreen newsletter (formerly titled “Enviroworks”) provides helpful tips and reminders of the initiatives, projects and programs available to Londoners taking climate action. It is delivered by-monthly through the mail inside your London Hydro bill.
Events have been postponed during COVID-19. But when it is safe to do so, you can find CityGreen activities and displays at a number of locations:
If you would like to request a copy of the CityGreen newsletter, or display educational material at your event, email email@example.com or call 519-661-2489 x 8413
In addition to these programs, the City regularly monitors and reports on our environment.
London’s Climate Emergency Action Plan currently has the following greenhouse gas emission reduction goals:
We measure our community's progress through a Community Energy Use & Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory.
Total greenhouse gas emissions in 2019 were 11 percent lower than the 1990 level, which is above the trend line for meeting our 2020 goal.
It is estimated that Londoners spent more than $1.5 billion on energy in 2019. Gasoline is the largest energy expenditure in London, accounting for 35 percent of city-wide energy costs. Electricity also accounts for about 35 percent of energy costs. Every percentage that Londoners reduce their energy use results in around $13 million staying in London. Through conservation, efficiency, and more local energy production, we can keep more of this money in London.
Use the Project Neutral carbon calculator to find out your household's greenhouse gas emissions.
The average London household emits almost 11 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year.
It is estimated that the average household in London, living in a single-family home, spent over $450 every month on energy in 2019. Over half of this, about $240, was spent on gasoline. Electricity accounted for about $100 per month, while natural gas was under $80 per month.
For more information and to request a copy of the Community Energy Use & Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, please contact Jamie Skimming at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 519-661-2489 x 5204
The Thames River water quality is sampled on a regular basis as part of a monitoring program at 10 locations. Monitoring is also conducted on a number of creeks in the City of London on a monthly basis.
Water quality in the Thames River has improved significantly since river monitoring was initiated in 1963, but there is still work to do. Residents can help by making sure that only rain goes down the drain outside, and our catchbasins stay free and clear of chemicals and waste.
For more information and to request a copy of the Thames River Water Quality Summary, please contact Tony Van Rossum at email@example.com, or call 519-661-2489 x 5701
The 2019-2023 Corporate Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan is built upon the successful foundation laid by the City’s previous 2014-2018 plan. The 2019-2023 plan helps strengthen corporate energy management practices and gives direction to all service areas on energy management. The 2019-2023 plan identifies key initiatives, energy standards, achievable measures and commitments towards:
For more information and to request a copy of the Corporate Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan or past reports, please contact Sneha Madur at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 519-661-2489 x 5695