UBC’s efforts to manage our energy consumption addresses the triple bottom line of positive environmental, social, and economic impacts. Through several self-funding projects over the past decade, we have reduced our energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, reduced maintenance backlogs, enhanced the campus working environment, and saved significant operational costs. Our long-term goal is to consume energy more efficiently and to decouple energy consumption from GHG emissions, reducing our climate impact.

ACADEMIC DISTRICT ENERGY SYSTEM

The Academic District Energy System Steam to Hot Water Conversion Project replaced 14 kilometres of 90-year-old steam piping, and connected to more than 160 buildings.
The Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility produces renewable energy for the campus using wood waste biomass, and is a key contributor to reducing UBC’s GHG emissions by decreasing our reliance on fossil fuels. The...
Since 2011, UBC’s energy conservation projects have reduced annual campus electrical use by 16 gigawatt hours (GWh). This is the equivalent to shutting down our Vancouver campus for three and a half weeks, saving over 143,000...