Energy

An overview of how energy is used at UTM, information on energy conservation projects that have taken place in the past and will take place in the future, tips for saving energy, and information on UTM’s green building practices and alternative energies can be found here.

The environmental impacts of energy use are numerous. Burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and gas, results in the release of carbon dioxide, the primary gas responsible for climate change. Other substances released during the burning of fossil fuels include oxides of nitrogen (NOX) and oxides of sulphur (SOX), which contribute to acid rain and smog. Hydroelectric dams – especially large ones - create major disruptions to aquatic ecosystems. Nuclear power plants, while not emitting any carbon directly, have their own set of problems associated with waste.

It is important to realize that ALL energy use, no matter what its form, has environmental impacts. Even renewable sources of energy, like wind and solar, have some impact, although these are significantly less than the impacts associated with the use of fossil fuels. The most environmentally-friendly kilowatt hour of energy is the one you don’t have to generate. For this reason, the University is focusing on minimizing its energy use in addition to gradually adopting cleaner sources of generation.

To this end, UTM has developed a 5-year energy conservation plan.  The plan was finalized in 2014.  Click here to read UTM's energy conservation plan.

Notice regarding energy and greenhouse gas reporting:

The Broader Public Sector energy consumption and GHG emission reporting portal is open for the 2018 reporting period.  Under O. Reg. 397/11 Broader Public Sector organizations are required to report on their 2016 energy consumption and GHG emissions by July 1, 2018.  Information on how to complete the annual energy and GHG report, along with the dates and times for Ministry-hosted webinars, can be found in the toolkit area by logging into the Ministry of Energy’s Portal. In addition to annual energy and GHG reporting, Broader Public Sector organizations are also required to update their 5-year CDM plans by July 1, 2019 and post them on their website, intranet site and make them available in hard copy at their head office. A guide on CDM plan requirements can be found in the CDM tab in the Toolkit.  Contact BPSsupport@ontario.ca if you require further information or assistance.