Oct. 16, 2015 | Alex Frazer Harrison
How Calgary is contributing to low-carbon living
It's a number so big, it's hard to comprehend: $17 trillion US.
According to the New Climate Economy report released by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, that's how much cities worldwide could realize in direct energy savings by 2050 by investing in low-carbon technologies. This includes public transportation, efficiency in building design and waste management.
Is such a target obtainable?
In 2014, the City of Calgary spent $140 million on energy, just for its own facilities, "to keep our pools warm, our street lights on and our LRTs moving," said Arsheel Hirji, leader of sustainable infrastructure with the City.