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23 Climate Change A large part of ensuring the sustainability and resilience of our companies, customers and communities is to consider and manage all potential challenges, hazards and risks – and that includes climate change. While we seek to minimize our own carbon footprint, our opportunity for a more proactive role also lies in adaptation. We are preparing the community for the risks of climate change, such as more variable and extreme weather, more social and infrastructure stresses and damage, and insurance costs. Additionally, reducing the community’s contributions to climate change is being examined. In 2014, Horizon began working on the development of a Community Climate Change Action Plan with the City of Hamilton. It is part of the Hamilton Climate Change Action Charter, which Horizon signed in 2013. The plan will help the City address climate change in terms of impacts, mitigation and promoting resilience in infrastructure renewal, processes and resources. Horizon was among the first utilities in Ontario to create a Climate Change Working Committee. Its task is to explore ways to incorporate climate change variables and mitigation into the planning and implementation of our infrastructural renewal and our future path. Horizon is working to better insulate our companies, our customers and our communities from future climate challenges. Horizon Utilities maintains its commitment to internal and external sustainability efforts 6-year plan to renew our existing facilities and properties 2,500 more customer accounts have gone paperless 32,000 online transactions performed


2014 Sustainability-based Annual Report
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