This article appears in the Q2 2018 of District Energy magazine.
Across the greater Vancouver, B.C., area, neighborhood energy systems are growing in size and number and increasing their use of renewable energy technologies.
The mountain-backed seaport of Vancouver, B.C., on Canada’s Pacific coast is recognized as one of the most livable, environmentally conscious cities in the world. The birthplace of Greenpeace nearly 50 years ago, Vancouver has long been focused on mitigating the effects of climate change. It has the lowest per capita carbon emissions of any major city in North America, and its sights are set on becoming the greenest city on the globe. The city of Vancouver has enacted a number of policies and initiatives in support of that goal.
Among them is the Renewable City Strategy announced in 2015, with its two overarching objectives to be reached before 2050: to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent below 2007 levels and derive 100 percent of the energy used citywide from renewable sources. The development and expansion of low-carbon district energy networks, or neighborhood energy systems, is a key strategy for meeting these targets.
Kathryn Ramsted, Editorial Associate, District Energy
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