Environment and Sustainability


The City of Peterborough focuses on environmental and sustainable initiatives in our daily operations and decision making. For more information, you can visit the following areas:

Energy consumption

Through our Corporate Energy Management Plan, we have committed to reducing our energy consumption and its related environmental impacts.

We monitor our energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for all of our municipal facilities.

How greenhouse gas emissions are calculated

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from City-owned facilities are calculated by using monthly utility bills multiplied with an emission factor for each energy product (electricity, natural gas, etc.), which is provided by the Province of Ontario. For example, the emission factor for electricity is based on the power grid's mix of energy generation and as this composition changes so does the amount of GHGs linked to electricity generation. City staff can then track and project how changes in facility energy use will impact GHG emissions.

Annual energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions reports

Subsidies and incentives

Subsidies and incentives may be available for retrofits and improvements to your property. The following subsidies are available:

Low-flow toilet rebate

The City of Peterborough offers a rebate to assist residents with purchasing low-flow toilets to replace existing, less-efficient toilets as a way to reduce water use.

Toilets make up almost 30% of residential indoor water use. We offer a $50 rebate for residents living in the City who replace their existing toilet with a WaterSense certified toilet.

Natural gas incentives

Making renovations and energy upgrades to your home provides significant return on your investment. Enbridge Gas is providing up to $5,000 back through the Home Energy Conservation Program.

Electricity incentives

Electricity incentives may be available when you are making energy retrofits to your home or business. You can see online what programs are currently available through Peterborough Utilities.