Energy and Emissions


We’ve achieved our ambitious 2015 greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target and continue to update and implement our award-winning Climate Action Plan, advancing energy conservation and emissions reduction strategies across campus to achieve our sustainability goals while realizing cost savings. Building efficiency projects have generated $2.0M in on-going savings. UBC’s investment into these projects has been limited to $2.6M. The total project cost is $6.8M with the difference being leveraged from incentives and other external funding opportunities.


  • Shrunk the environmental footprint of UBC research through lower noise pollution and energy consumption in three buildings by safely tuning exhaust fan speeds. The successful project reduces annual energy by 3 million kWh which is equivalent to powering 250 homes.
  • Began a multi-phase LED retrofit project across campus, replacing 28,000 lamps to date with efficient LED lights. The new LEDs provide improved lighting quality, use half as much energy, and last longer than conventional lights.
  • Completed the second phase of our Building Tune-up program which has now re-commissioned over 40 buildings, saving well over 3 million kWh of electricity and 40,000 GJ of natural gas annually.
  • Recovered 10,000GJ of wasted heat with Life Sciences’ heat recovery chiller, reducing 500 tCO2e annually.


  • Developed a two-phase Climate Action Plan that identified 24 actions to advance toward the 2020 target. The second phase is underway with analysis of expanding the use of clean waste wood to reduce UBC’s reliance on fossil fuels.
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Rapid growth and development of UBC’s Okanagan campus has occurred in parallel with the establishment of greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets set by the Province of British Columbia.

In response, UBC Okanagan continues to strive to achieve sustainable energy performance from buildings—the primary source of the campus’ energy consumption and emissions portfolio—leading to the development of emission reduction strategies and the implementation of innovative building infrastructure and occupant engagement programs across campus.


  • Achieved an absolute reduction in carbon emissions for a third consecutive year.
  • Continued to focus on the implementation of demand-side energy reduction projects, ongoing infrastructure performance improvements, and participated in energy conservation activities.
  • Established and received executive endorsement of the Whole Systems Infrastructure Plan (WSIP, 2016). An implementation framework developed in parallel with and in support of the Okanagan Campus Plan (2015), the WSIP provides a long-term roadmap and five year implementation plan for future infrastructure needs and environmental stewardship for sustainable campus growth, community well-being and ecological resilience.
  • Developed a dedicated Energy Team to support the implementation of the Strategic Energy Management Plan.
  • Adapted UBC Technical Guidelines for Okanagan campus.
  • Established an MOU between UBC Okanagan and FortisBC for Partners in Energy Efficiency.


  • Completed final Building Optimization Program (BOP) projects in Administration and Science buildings, yielding one per cent electrical savings and combined gas and medium temperature district energy system savings of 22 per cent, exceeding initial targets.
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