overview

UBC is pursuing ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions on both campuses. The Vancouver campus now produces 28 percent fewer GHG emissions than it did in 2007, while in the Okanagan our focus on sustainable design and building performance has achieved a 33 percent reduction in absolute GHG emissions vs. 2013. Both campuses are currently planning for even more aggressive reductions in GHG emissions by 2030.

#1
ranked university in the world under UNSDG Goal #13 for taking urgent action to combat climate change (Times Higher Education Impact Rankings).

28%
REDUCTION IN ABSOLUTE GHG EMISSIONS SINCE 2007 (VANCOUVER)

 

33%
REDUCTION IN ABSOLUTE GHG EMISSIONS SINCE 2013 (OKANAGAN)

 

43%
REDUCTION IN CO₂ EQUIVALENT/GROSS SQ METER SINCE 2007 (VANCOUVER)

46%
REDUCTION IN CO₂ EQUIVALENT/GROSS SQ METER SINCE 2007 (OKANAGAN)

HIGHLIGHTS

UBC Vancouver + OKANAGAN

UBC declares a climate emergency, seeks to accelerate GHG emissions, pledges to fully divest from fossil fuels | In December 2019, UBC declared a climate emergency, recognizing that the climate crisis poses extensive and disastrous threats to peoples’ lives and livelihoods both locally and globally, contributing to famine, migration, and disease worldwide, including impact on individual physical and mental well-being.

By increasing ambition and materially accelerating timelines for existing actions under the UBC Strategic Plan and Climate Action Plan, UBC is adding new actions to help reduce GHG emissions beyond current targets, such as emissions from travel and food.

UBC ranked global #1 for taking urgent climate action​ | For the second year in a row UBC was ranked first for taking urgent action to combat climate change (UN Sustainable Development Goal 13) according to the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.

UBC Vancouver

GHG emissions impacted by supply issues and weather | This year UBC Vancouver’s GHG emissions increased by 10% as a result of interruptions to natural gas supply (Enbridge pipeline explosion), a colder than average winter, and closure of our biomass energy plant for maintenance. These factors increased the use of diesel to heat buildings. This setback will be addressed by expansion of our biomass plant and reduced dependency on natural gas, and we remain on course to meet longterm GHG reduction targets.

UBC OKANAGAN

Climate emergency declaration sparked new climate action plan​ | The declaration of a climate emergency by UBC renewed the urgency to develop UBC Okanagan’s first Climate Action Plan. Initiated in 2019, the UBC Okanagan Climate Action Plan accelerates targets and actions for GHG reductions, and widens the scope beyond operational emissions.