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Metro Vancouver looks to curb GHG emissions from large commercial buildings

By District Energy posted 09-13-2023 13:29


Vancouver Sun


Metro Vancouver has set its climate sights on large commercial buildings as it tries to get a better control of greenhouse gas emissions.

Large commercial buildings make up just two per cent of building stock in the region but account for 35 per cent of their GHG emissions.

And those emissions are on the rise, up 10 per cent, to 2.4 million tonnes, last year from a stable 2.3 million tonnes from 2019 through 2021, according to Metro Vancouver reporting.

On Thursday, Metro Vancouver’s climate action committee will receive a report that outlines progress toward writing those regulations, which would start with a requirement for building owners to report annually on GHG emissions, then meet phased in limits to reach net-zero by 2050.

“We haven’t yet finalized the detailed approach that we would like to bring to a subsequent meeting,” Blair said.

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