The City of Brantford’s first fully electric powered Zamboni ice rink resurfacers have arrived at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre. Arena staff will begin using the two new electric Zambonis this week.

The adoption of these electric machines is in line with the city’s Corporate Climate Change Action Plan and moves Brantford closer to reaching its goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The replacement of two propane powered ice rink resurfacers with the electric Zamboni 552 model, will reduce GHG emissions by 27 T of CO2e/year (270 T of CO2e/lifetime). It will also improve the indoor air quality for staff and arena patrons by eliminating the propane emissions inside the arena and is expected to reduce operating costs by 85 per cent annually due to reduced fuel and maintenance costs.

“I am proud of City staff for taking the initiative to support ongoing efforts towards a Clean Brantford,” said Brantford Mayor Kevin Davis. “This is another example of steps the City is taking towards reducing our carbon footprint and mitigating the negative consequences of climate change.”

The adoption of these electric machines is in line with the City of Brantford’s Corporate Climate Change Action Plan and moves Brantford closer to reaching its goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The replacement of two propane powered ice rink resurfacers with the electric Zamboni 552 model, will reduce GHG emissions by 27 T of CO2e/year (270 T of CO2e/lifetime). It will also improve the indoor air quality for staff and arena patrons by eliminating the propane emissions inside the arena and is expected to reduce operating costs by 85 per cent annually due to reduced fuel and maintenance costs.

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The city is in the process of preparing a Climate Change Action Plan that focuses on mitigating the Ontario city’s impact on climate change by reducing GHG emissions.

The City of Brantford is a member of the Partners for Climate Protection which is a program from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and ICLEI to support municipalities with their work toward climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.

To learn more about how the City of Brantford is taking action on climate change visit www.Brantford.ca/ClimateAction.

Featured image: Councillor John Sless, Councillor Cheryl Antoski, Councillor Rose Sicoli, Brantford Mayor Kevin Davis and Councillor Greg Martin. Credit: City of Brantford.

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