Energy accounts for close to 60 per cent of total global greenhouse gas emissions. This means Canada’s commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 will require a rethink of our energy use and a renewed priority on energy efficiency. At Dal, the Office of Sustainability and key departments like Facilities Management and Ancillary Services have been preparing the university to meet this challenge by incorporating energy sustainability into policy, planning, projects and operations for more than a decade.
“Energy management is a key strategy in the University Climate Change and Sustainability Plan and Guidelines,” says Rochelle Owen, executive director of the Office of Sustainability. “We have many projects in the planning and implementation stage each year that range from equipment changes to district energy upgrades.”