Canadians from coast to coast to coast are taking action to tackle climate change in their communities. The Government of Canada is supporting municipalities, Indigenous communities, small and medium-sized businesses, universities, schools, and hospitals, in their important work to reduce pollution and create a cleaner economy.
Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, spoke with the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia, Santa J. Ono. Minister Wilkinson congratulated and recognized the University of British Columbia's shared commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 through climate-action initiatives such as its District Waste Heat Recovery Project, which received approximately $974,000 in funding from the Low Carbon Economy Fund. This initiative will install heat-recovery systems that will reduce the University's reliance on natural gas. The new system will redirect the heat recovered to the campus's hot-water district energy system, which supplies the majority of its buildings with heat and hot water so that students can live and work in a cleaner environment.
This funding builds on a 2019 investment of $7.6 million under the Low Carbon Economy Challenge's Champions stream to support the University's biomass-expansion project, which increases its renewable-energy capacity.
Over the lifetime of this project, the University of British Columbia will see a cumulative reduction of about 14,600 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions—equivalent to removing approximately 4,500 cars off the road for one year. The University will also save $1 million in heating costs annually through this project.