Community Energy and Emissions Plan

The City of Fredericton’s Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) is a strategic plan to guide efforts in reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in our community.  It is meant to reduce the amount of electricity and natural gas we use in our homes and workplaces, the fuel in our cars, and waste from the products we buy. 

As residents and businesses in Fredericton, our day-to-day activities and choices define the type of energy we consume, how much of it we use, and our contributing climate change footprint as a result. 

The CEEP will measure current energy use and emissions from all residential, commercial, and institutional sources and offer recommendations and solutions on how to reduce our overall consumption between now and 2050, with a particular focus on specific actions we can take now, and over the next ten years. The City currently measures residential energy use with the help of utility data provided by NB Power and Liberty Utilities, waste data from FRSW and transportation data from Statistics Canada and City traffic studies.  

What are the major objectives of the plan?

  • Understanding where we are: The CEEP will outline how much energy we currently use in our community, the type of energy we currently use, and how much we currently contribute to climate change by releasing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Describing where we are going: Fredericton will continue to grow and change dynamically over the next 30 years. The CEEP will anticipate how much energy might be consumed to fuel this growth, where the energy will come from, and how much GHG emissions could be released as a result of our ongoing energy consumption habits based on current practices and policies.
  • Deciding where we want to be: The CEEP will outline goals and targets that describe how the community of Fredericton aspires to change by 2050. The plan will guide our efforts to reduce our overall energy consumption and contribution to climate change.
  • Determining how we will get there: The CEEP will outline steps to move the community in the right direction toward achieving our climate change goals and targets by outlining strategies, policies, and measures that can be undertaken by the community including the City, residents, businesses, and other organizations.
  • Providing a framework to measure progress: An important outcome to a long-term plan is to measure the actions being taken, and whether they are moving the community towards the stated vision, goals and targets. The CEEP will outline an implementation and monitoring plan for tracking progress over time.

Why are we creating a CEEP?

The benefits of reducing our energy consumption and GHG emissions include:

  • Lower energy costs for residents and businesses
  • Creating local economic development opportunities in energy efficiency and green energy
  • Supporting Fredericton’s long-term goals of becoming a more sustainable, diverse, safe and welcoming community
  • Reducing vulnerability to energy markets through reduced reliance on fossil fuels

The City of Fredericton is committed to take action to reduce our community’s contribution to climate change. The CEEP offers a path for the community to follow in order to keep this commitment.

How can you get involved?

The City is currently consulting local energy and climate change sector stakeholders. Check back for more information on how you can provide your input through online engagement.

Please contact environmental.leadership@fredericton.ca for more information on the plan.

Learn More

The City’s energy and emissions inventory for 2019 is now complete. Learn more about where we are and where we can go from here.