University of British Columbia's energy-efficiency initiative receives a boost through the Low Carbon Economy Fund

By District Energy posted 25 days ago




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 ColumbiaSanta 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.

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