Policy Solution

Waste heat reduction



Summary: Waste heat contributes to the urban heat island effect and has been linked to overall warming. Heat pumps and heat recovery chillers can move heat to different locations to be applied to other uses instead of being vented directly onto the street.

Implementation: Offer incentives to property owners and industries to transition to systems that recycle, recover, and reuse waste heat through heat pumps and recovery chillers.

Considerations for Use: Waste heat reduction can happen through many of the solutions in this toolkit like district cooling, weatherization, mechanical cooling, among others.

  • Policy Levers:

    IncentiveFinancial and non-financial incentives to encourage stakeholders to implement heat risk reduction and preparedness solutions, including rebates, tax credits, expedited permitting, development/zoning bonuses, and more.
  • Trigger Points:

    City planning processesIncludes city initiatives such as the development of climate action plan, pathway to zero-energy, master plan, transit plan, energy mapping etc.
  • Intervention Type:
    Buildings and Built Form
  • Sectors:
    Buildings, Public Works


  • Target Beneficiaries:
    Property owners, Residents
  • Phase of Impact:
    Risk reduction and mitigation
  • Metrics:
    Energy savings


  • Intervention Scale:
  • Authority and Governance:
    City government, State/provincial government
  • Implementation Timeline:
    Long-term (10+ Years)
  • Implementation Stakeholders:
    City government, Industry
  • Funding Sources:
    private investment, Public investment
  • Capacity to Act:


  • Cost-Benefit:
  • Public Good:
  • GHG Reduction:
  • Co-benefits (Climate/Environmental):
    Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Co-benefits (Social):