Climate Action Plan

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UBC's Climate Action Plan sets out a bold strategy 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 emissions that contribute to climate change.

In line with this commitment, UBC established some of the most aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets in North America in 2010. UBC’s Board of Governors approved the UBC Climate Action Plan in 2010, including the following GHG reduction targets against a 2007 baseline for the Vancouver campus: 

  • 33% reduction by 2015
  • 67% reduction by 2020
  • 100% reduction by 2050

Success to Date

UBC has achieved a 34% reduction in GHG emissions from a 2007 baseline, despite an increase in both building space and student enrolment. This success was achieved 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
  • Optimizing academic building performance and reducing energy consumption through the Building Tune-Up Program

Next Steps

Building on this success, the UBC Climate Action Plan (CAP) 2020 was developed, outlining a series of actions UBC could take towards achieving a 67% reduction below 2007 levels.

As a key energy supply action from the CAP2020, UBC has evaluated energy supply options and has proposed expanding the heating capacity of the Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility.


Climate Action Plan 2020 | Executive Summary

Climate Action Plan | Executive Summary