OTTAWA — The federal government and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) are making a $23-million investment to Hydro Ottawa through FCM’s Green Municipal Fund (GMF) to create a district energy (DE) system for Ottawa–Gatineau’s carbon-neutral Zibi waterfront development.
The DE system will help Zibi meet environmental objectives of transforming brownfield lands between Ottawa and Gatineau’s urban core into the National Capital Region’s first net-zero community. The system will eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from building heating and cooling operations by leveraging locally generated hydroelectricity, river-coupled cooling from the Ottawa River and waste industrial heat from the local Kruger Products plant, states a release.
“Investing in innovative solutions to reduce emissions is critical to tackling climate change,” said Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna in a statement. “The Zibi project will develop the National Capital Region’s first district energy system to provide zero-carbon heating and cooling to residents, and it is positioned to be the most sustainable community in Canada. In partnership with the FCM, federal funding will help make this exciting project a reality, creating jobs and building a cleaner, more inclusive community right here in the heart of Ottawa.”