UBC’s Vancouver campus now emits 34 per cent less GHG emissions than it did in 2007 despite a 19 per cent growth in building floor space and a 26 per cent increase in student enrollment. UBC achieved its aggressive GHG emission reduction target through the following 2010 Climate Action Plan projects:
- The Academic District Energy System steam to hot water conversion project connected over 100 buildings to a more efficient hot water energy system. The primary energy source for this is the Campus Energy Centre, which improves energy efficiency by over 24 per cent.
- Generating heat from clean waste wood, the Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility reduced campus emissions by 14 per cent from 2007 levels.
- Ongoing implementation of the Building Tune Up program reduced emissions by over 9 per cent from 2007 levels.