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Brock introduces electric ice resurfacing machine to help combat climate emergency

September 30, 2023 | By Ojasvini Parashar

The Township of Brock has introduced its first electric ice-resurfacing machine, a state-of-the-art vehicle to reduce carbon emissions and provide a better experience for the township’s athletes.

“Brock is committed to improving our impact on the environment. This council takes its commitment to dealing with climate change seriously and we are very proud to get our `electric fleet’ started with the replacement of one of our ice resurfacers,” Brock Mayor Walter Schummer said.

“This new ice resurfacer will not only improve our township’s carbon footprint but will make our arena environments better for our residents, participants and staff.”

This shift away from the traditional propane-powered ice resurfacing machine to an electric model is motivated by the township’s desire to reduce air and noise pollution, enhance energy efficiency and improve the overall ice maintenance process at their arenas.


Embracing innovative technologies like this one is expected to help the Township recover expenses through fuel and maintenance savings.

“Brock’s first electric Zamboni purchase is our largest initiative, thus far. This, combined with smaller initiatives, such as automatic water filling stations, electric power tools to maintain the grass and No Mow May are all initiatives working toward making Brock green,” Regional Coun. Mike Jubb said.

With advanced lithium-ion batteries requiring minimal charging time, and a near-silent operation, people can enjoy a “more serene environment” while knowing they’re helping the environment at the same time.

“Brock’s new electric ice resurfacing machine means zero tailpipe emissions in the arena and no need to purchase propane. This is a great step toward the carbon-free future we need to achieve. Ultimately the entire fleet of vehicles in the Township will be electric,” Ward 4 Coun. Cria Pettingill said.

This move was followed by a declaration of climate emergency in 2021 by the township where councillors unanimously supported a notice of motion. The notice was brought to express the township’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gases across the entire municipality, both within Brock’s control and those who consider the township home.

The vehicle made its debut at the Foster Hewitt Memorial Arena in Beaverton this year.

Ojasvini Parashar, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, BROCK CITIZEN


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