The Conservation Fund provides financial support for innovative electricity conservation technologies, practices, research, and programs that will help Ontario reach its long-term energy conservation goals.
A challenge to reduce office tower energy use
The Race is raising awareness of the business case for energy efficiency
The Race to Reduce raises awareness of the business case for energy efficiency and the options for increasing it
Total office space in the GTA, estimated at 165 million square feet spread across more than 1,750 buildings, accounts for close to 20 per cent of the carbon emissions in the Greater Toronto Area. These buildings also consume 37 per cent of the electricity and 17 per cent of the region’s natural gas.
About the Project
In 2011, Greening Greater Toronto, the environmental initiative of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance, launched Race to Reduce, an innovative project that challenges landlords and tenants to work together to collectively reduce energy use in office buildings by at least 10 per cent over a four-year period.
The friendly challenge includes annual awards and encourages a collaborative spirit among competing participants to share their best practices.
CivicAction applied for funding from the Conservation Fund in 2009 to help kick-start the project. Today 600 landlord and tenants from 170+ office buildings have been actively involved in the Race and are already reaping the rewards of the four-year energy reduction challenge that ends in 2014.
The Race to Reduce is the first office energy reduction challenge of its kind in Canada. It stands apart from other challenges in that it requires landlords and tenants to register as a team, bridging a communication gap and encouraging an ongoing relationship that extends beyond a basic lease agreement.