Town to town, up and down the dial

There is no level playing field for emissions reductions.

Rural communities, such as the neighbouring Guelph-Eramosa Township, have high transportation energy requirements because inhabitants must travel long distances for work, shopping, and entertainment. Urban communities, by contrast, benefit from the fact that all the necessities of life are comparatively close together. Guelph is considered urban by most measures.

Graphic - Urbanization vs industrialization

Communities with significant heavy industry, such as Hamilton, have high industrial energy requirements that are difficult to reduce. By contrast, communities with a significant share of employment from knowledge-intensive businesses, such as Kitchener-Waterloo, have much lower energy requirements for industrial, commercial and institutional sectors. Guelph falls somewhere in the middle: We have some knowledge-based industry (OMAFRA, UofG, UGDSB, etc.) as well as some light to medium industry (Linamar, Polycon, Hitachi).

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