In recent years a number of major U.S. cities have followed in
the footsteps of many European countries in implementing energy
reporting requirements (ERRs) which require owners and managers of
large commercial and/or multi-residential buildings to track and
report energy and water consumption. Recently, Toronto City Council
pledged its support for further design and implementation research
on the feasibility of an ERR initiative for large buildings in
Toronto following a staff report issued in July, 2014. The staff
report proposed that by benchmarking energy usage and publicly
disclosing results, ERRs can promote more efficient use of
resources, unearth energy savings and facilitate targeted energy
conservation initiatives. Based on the research outcomes and the
results of the stakeholder engagement process that will follow,
Toronto City Council will be presented with a proposed by-law and
implementation plan in 2015.
ERRs have faced opposition from critics on the basis that
complying with ERRs is a time consuming and duplicative process and
further, that the data collected is not often analyzed effectively
or presented fairly. When designing ERRs, a balance must be struck
between effective and consistent electronic data collection that
also takes into account privacy law obligations of owners and
managers. Moreover, the ultimate value of any ERR initiative will
depend largely on accurately collecting the relevant data as well
as fairly analyzing and cross-comparing such data.
More information on how ERRs work and examples of ERRs in action
in the U.S. and other countries can be found in this background report prepared by the Toronto
Atmospheric Fund. Continue to check back for updates on any further
developments on ERR initiatives that may be coming to Toronto.
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