Climate Action Plan 2030

The development of UBC Okanagan’s first Climate Action Plan 2030 (CAP 2030) is underway and is a key component to accelerating UBC toward net zero carbon emissions. The CAP 2030 process is also underway at the Vancouver campus.

 


 

The CAP 2030 will address the UBC Climate Emergency declaration commitments and new pathways for contributing towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals for both UBC campuses.

Overview

In December 2019, the UBC Board of Governors unanimously endorsed a Declaration on the Climate Emergency. The Declaration includes a commitment to accelerate emission reductions, aligned with the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C. It also includes a commitment to widen the scope of UBC’s climate action planning to include areas that extend beyond UBC’s operations, such as commuting, air travel and food, where UBC also has control or influence over emissions.

To meet these commitments, CAP 2030 will define new emissions reduction actions and targets, along with implementation strategies for the next 10 years that meet or exceed the Paris 1.5°C target.

UBC Okanagan Priorities

The CAP 2030 is framed around four core initiatives currently underway.

  1. Low Carbon Strategy – energy supply and decarbonization options
  2. Strategic Energy Management Plan – energy and carbon reductions in existing buildings
  3. Transportation Plan – reduction in faculty, staff, student commuting emissions
  4. UBC Okanagan Climate Action Plan Food Working Group – climate-friendly food

The CAP 2030 is focused on these priorities because they have the highest potential for greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions.

In addition, work is also underway to identify new UBC Okanagan actions and the applicability of targets and actions for business air travel, behavior change, waste, and other theme-based working groups, as part of the CAP 2030 process.

Timeline

UBC Okanagan and Vancouver

Emerging directions, preliminary targets and draft implementation pathways for the priority areas will be presented to the Board of Governors in Winter 2021. Following direction from the Board of Governors on these options, a plan will then be drafted. The CAP 2030 planning process is expected to be complete in Summer 2021.

Learn more about the UBC Vancouver CAP 2030 process.

Stakeholder Engagement

Campus experts, staff, faculty and external stakeholder groups are actively engaged in the CAP 2030 planning process, and have been organized according to each priority area. See below for more details on who has been involved in the process to date:

Low Carbon Strategy and Strategic Energy Management Plan

  • Energy Team, Facilities Management

Transportation Plan

UBC Stakeholders

  • UBCycles
  • Health, Safety and Environment
  • UBC Student Union Okanagan
  • Health and Wellness
  • Parking Services
  • Disability Resource Centre
  • Business Operations and Services
  • School of Engineering

External Stakeholders

  • City of Kelowna
  • BC Transit

Learn more about the UBC Okanagan Transportation Plan.

UBC Okanagan Climate Action Plan Food Working Group

  • Health and Wellness
  • Food Services
  • Facilities Management
  • Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Management
  • Faculty of Science

Air Travel Working Group

  • Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • School of Engineering