UBC’s 2010 Climate Action Plan committed the Vancouver campus to an ambitious GHG emissions target and confirmed the university’s leadership role in climate change action.
Seven years later, the commitment has paid off.
UBC delivered its most significant climate-change achievement to date, reducing Vancouver campus GHG emissions 34 per cent relative to 2007 levels and exceeding our Climate Action Plan reduction target of 33 per cent despite a 19 per cent growth in building floor space and a 26 per cent increase in student population.
This equates to more than 20,000 metric tonnes of carbon emissions saved—the equivalent of driving twice around the world in a passenger vehicle (80,467,200 km).
UBC achieved their emissions target primarily through three major projects:
- Converting the Academic District Energy System from steam to hot water;
- Building the Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility (BRDF) to provide renewable heat and power; and
- Optimizing academic building performance and reducing energy consumption through the Building Tune-Up Program.
The university has since updated its climate action plan and is now aiming for a 67 per cent emissions reduction by 2020 through expanding the bioenergy facility and deeper building energy retrofits.