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Heat networks key in a net-zero future

By District Energy posted 06-29-2022 09:17

  

The Hamilton Spectator

Summary

A critical opportunity in the decarbonization story for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area needs to take centre stage if our region is to enjoy a net-zero future.

The building sector produces the largest share of GHG emissions across the GTHA — more than transportation, more than industry.

So as the spotlight shines on emission-free breakthroughs in how we move about and make things, it’s equally important to focus on the work of decarbonizing building heating.

Hamilton Community Enterprises, a leader in heat networks and renewable energy solutions, and its partners keenly support electrification as our region’s priority pathway to net zero. And we’re eager to assist.

For example, we see an ongoing role for thermal networks providing reliable and affordable space heating and domestic hot water. To this end, we’re exploring how best to expand and modernize our own district heating network in Hamilton.

One opportunity with enormous potential is the use of industrial waste heat as a fuel source applied to low-carbon district heating in Hamilton and across the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

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