The OWWA/WEAO Climate Change Committee is excited to announce the availability of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Tool (GHG Inventory Tool). The tool was based on a GHG Inventory developed by the University of Toronto under contract to Toronto Water, and is now hosted and maintained by a Task Group of the Climate Change Committee. The GHG Inventory Tool is free and transparent, and was designed to be accessible to all users with inputs that utilities commonly already have on hand.
OWWA/WEAO GHG Inventory Tool User Guide
Click here to download the OWWA/WEAO GHG Inventory Tool
Climate change is one of the most critical issues facing the water sector today. The science around mitigation and adaptation for the water sector is complex and constantly evolving. The goal of the OWWA/WEAO Climate Change Committee is to prepare our industry for what lies ahead. We do this by informing OWWA and WEAO members about the most effective ways to integrate climate change into water sector activities.
The OWWA/WEAO Climate Change Committee gathers and fosters water sector climate expertise in the areas of climate mitigation (reducing GHG emissions) and climate adaptation (preparing for the impacts of climate change). We do this to deliver resources, tools, and best practices to OWWA and WEAO members. Our climate mitigation mandate is to help the water sector understand greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the most effective ways to reduce them. Our climate adaptation mandate is to help the sector prepare for the impacts of climate change in Ontario.
We are a dedicated group of volunteers who strive to bridge the gaps between water/wastewater engineering, climate science, and GHG accounting. Our vision is for climate change considerations to become embedded in every part of the Ontario water infrastructre cycle.
Meetings consist of in person meetings in the OWWA Boardroom in Mississauga and/or teleconferences.
The OWWA/WEAO Climate Action Award is an annual award that recognizes and acknowledges innovations in infrastructure that adapt to climate change (resilient infrastructure) or reduce climate impacts by significantly decreasing greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation). The award is administered by the OWWA/WEAO Climate Change Committee.
The City of St. Catharines Climate Change Adaptation and Asset Management Project
The winner in the adaptation/resiliency category is the City of St. Catharines for integrating climate change adaptation into their asset management program. The Climate Change Adaptation and Asset Management Project builds from the City's Corporate Asset Management Plan and guides the City's decision making on infrastructure assets. The pilot project focused on water and wastewater assests and had three phases to demonstrate a methodology and framework that could be applied across all other City assets.
GHG Mitigation Category
Region of Peel's District Energy and Wastewater
The winner in the GHG mitigation category is the Region of Peel's District Energy and wastewater energy transfer system to provide clean heating and cooling to the new Lakeview Village 18,000-person development. The wastewater energy component will utilize treated wastewater effluent from the GE Booth WRRF as the source of thermal energy for the district energy system. The project aligns with the Region's Climate Change Master Plan with an anticipated reduction of 10,000 tonnes-CO2e per year by eliminating naturnal gas that would otherwise have been used for heating. It should be operational in 2030.
|Christina Beaton||City of Timmins|
|Jennifer Burch||City of Guelph|
|Dania Chehab||R.V. Anderson|
|Alexander Disyak||Niagara Region|
|John Duong||Halton Region|
|Paul Marsh||EWA Engineering|
|Praneeta Moti||City of Toronto|
|Max Rao||Aquafy Water Technologies Inc.|
|Nicole Sapeta||Region of Waterloo|
|Tom Woodcock||R.V. Anderson|
|Emily Zegers||City of Toronto|