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Winnipeg slashes greenhouse gas emissions by three per cent


Winnipeg is well on its way to becoming a green leader
Winnipeg is well on its way to becoming a green leader

Staff writers

September 16, 2012 — The City of Winnipeg is on track to meeting its long term emission reduction goals, city officials say.

Winnipeg hopes to reduce its overall emissions by 17.65% by 2019
Winnipeg hopes to reduce its overall emissions by 17.65% by 2019

Winnipeg is well on its way to becoming a green leader.

The city was able to slash its greenhouse gas emissions by three percent in 2011, and data from the first quarter of 2012 suggests that emissions continue to dwindle.

In a report published by the city's Executive Policy Committee, Mayor Sam Katz says he's "pleased" with the progress, adding that the city is looking at "creative ways to take care of the environment while making efficient use of taxpayer dollars."

The reduction is the result of a series of city-sponsored initiatives, including improvements to the municipal fleet and incorporating idle reduction information in driver training programs.

In the coming months, officials plan to establish a bicycle pool that will allow city employees to travel to nearby meetings.

Winnipeg hopes to reduce its overall emissions by 17.65% by 2019.

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