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Climate, Energy & Environment


British Columbia's government has set into motion a comprehensive Climate Action Plan centered on the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act (Bill 44).  According to the Act, all Public Sector Organizations (PSOs) must be carbon neutral in their operations by 2010.  This is achieved in compliance with reporting Scope 1 and 2 emissions across buildings, fleet, fugitive emissions, and paper consumption. Carbon offsets are purchased annually from the Pacific Carbon Trust (PCT).  

PSO's must also submit a Carbon Neutral Action Report (CNAR) for each calendar year which includes a description of the actions taken to minimize its GHG emissions, and plans to continue minimizing those emissions. To view the full 2012 Carbon Neutral Action Report: Part B for UBC's Okanagan campus, click here.


Measures to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions have been undertaken since 2006.

Chronology of Energy Management Activities

  • 2006 - Science Laboratory Heat Recovery Retrofit Project
  • 2007 - Fipke Center for Innovative Research receives Five Green Globes                              
  • 2008 - $2.9 million in funding received from the Provincial and Federal government through the Knowledge Infrastructure fund to retrofit all existing academic buildings on campus using groundwater system for heating (geothermal).
  • 2008 - $127,000 rebate from FortisBC PowerSense Partners in Efficiency for energy saved by the geothermal system of the Fipke Centre.                          
  • 2009 - PowerSense Conservation Award 2009 for the University Center at UBC Okanagan with a total estimated savings of 1,125,000 kWh/year
  • 2010 - Completed installation of electricity and natural gas sub-metering on all existing buildings
  • 2010 - Energy demand reduction through behaviour change programs

Renewable Energy

UBC's Okanagan campus features several demonstrations of increasing energy efficiencies and performance by integrating renewable energy into operational consumption activities:

  • Geo-Exchange District Energy System -  is desgined to demonstrate innovation in renewable energy.  It provides heating and cooling to all new academic buildings and heating to all original academic buildings on campus.  A key component to reducing natural gas consumption and associated utility costs and carbon emissions, the system was fully implemented in 2012 and is in the retro-commissioning phase of its development. In 2012, the transfer of waste heat from the Administration building data centre was integrated into the loop and optimization is ongoing.  The system provides energy sharing between buildings, heat re-capture, thermal storage and flexibility for future fuel switching.
  • Solar Thermal - Purcell and Nicola Residences utilize solar panels to pre-heat domestic hot water, which helps to reduce natural gas consumption.

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2010 CNAR