Ontario Construction News staff writer
The City of Brampton will receive $1.72 million from the Ministry of Natural Resources to build 176 level two and level three fast-charge electric vehicle charging stations, along with the associated underground infrastructure and utility upgrades. The EV charging stations will be installed and operational by December of 2024.
In September 2020, Brampton endorsed a community energy and emissions reduction plan including developing a green fleet. These EV charging stations will help the City of Brampton achieve this strategy’s goals by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, fuel costs, enhancing operational efficiency and providing service excellence.
“We are living in a Climate Emergency that requires urgent action to correct course and create a greener future for our community and country,” said Mayor Patrick Patrick Brown. “This announcement reaffirms Brampton is a strong partner and leader in its eco-initiatives, and that collectively we move further, faster – and more sustainably.”
In 2022, Brampton received $15.7 million in federal funding to support upgrades to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and increase the energy efficiency of Susan Fennell Sportsplex.
Work involves upgrading the facility’s refrigeration plants, HVAC systems, building automation system and lighting. It will also include the installation of a battery-energy storage system to offset electricity costs, and a geothermal system to heat and cool the facility using the earth as a medium of heat transfer. These retrofits will reduce natural gas consumption and significantly reduce GHG emissions to transform the Sportsplex to a Net Zero facility.
Brampton was also one of the first municipalities to use battery electric buses in 2021 and an electric-powered fire truck in 2022. The City of Brampton also released a sustainable fleet strategy in 2022 to further reduced Greenhouse Gases (GHG) and air pollutant emissions.
“Through looking at our city’s day-to-day operations and planning through the lens of sustainability, we can focus in on creating a higher quality of living with more resource efficient infrastructure,” said regional councillor Paul Vicente.