In 2007, we met our Kyoto targets for academic buildings—five years early and in spite of growing our building floor space by 35 per cent and enrolment by 48 per cent. In 2010, our Climate Action Plan committed us to bold greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets—33 per cent by 2015, 67 per cent by 2020, and 100 per cent by 2050, compared to 2007 levels. We’re now investing in large-scale energy retrofits, alternative energy systems, and engagement strategies to meet these ambitious energy and climate goals.
The University of British Columbia (UBC) developed the Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on the Vancouver Campus and address the impacts of climate change.
UBC’s commitment to climate action is about being an exemplary global institution and mitigating the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
UBC compiles an annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory to measure and monitor our campus emissions, which are reported in our annual Carbon Neutral Action Report.
The Academic District Energy System (ADES) is one of UBC’s signature initiatives. The project involves replacing UBC’s aging steam heating infrastructure with a more efficient hot water heating system. Underway since 2011, the ADES will allow UBC to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions substantially, and also address deferred maintenance on the UBC Vancouver campus.
Just as your car requires regular tune-ups to run smoothly and efficiently, buildings need tune-ups too. Over time, buildings become less efficient, using more energy to satisfy occupant comfort, heating, and lighting requirements.
UBC’s investment in energy management truly addresses the triple bottom line. Through several self-funding projects over the past decade, we have reduced our energy consumption and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, reduced deferred maintenance, enhanced the campus working environment, and achieved significant operational cost savings.
As a growing organization, our aim is to consume energy more efficiently and to decouple energy consumption from GHG emissions, reducing our climate impact.
UBC, in partnership with the University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) and supported by BC Hydro, has developed a Community Energy and Emissions Plan. The plan sets ambitious targets to reduce in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy use in UBC Vancouver’s residential neighbourhoods.
ECOTrek was a building retrofit project completed between 2001 and 2008 across the UBC campus. The project reduced campus energy and water consumption significantly, and helped us to establish a solid energy management platform to launch subsequent initiatives.
Thanks to ECOTrek, we now have a sub-metering infrastructure on campus that allows us to analyze building performance and initiate programs to maintain buildings at an optimized state.
UBC has developed the following programs and resources for students, staff, and faculty members to help us reach our climate and energy goals. And there are lots of ways for you to get involved.
View energy use in real time in your building via the Pulse Building Dashboard.