We are working to transform our city, and reduce the greenhouse gases we emit as a community, through our building energy use, transportation fuel use, and waste generated.
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In the short term, our focus will be on the continued expansion of low carbon neighbourhood energy systems and the need for long-term carbon planning.
Recent initiatives that bring us closer to reaching the Climate and Renewables goal.
We are gaining a reputation for innovation in the field of district energy:
Since 2010, the utility service area grew 260%, with 4.2 million square feet of buildings now connected and a 700,000 square foot increase since last year. Plans for expansion of district energy systems continue.
The highest priority strategy is converting the gas-fired steam systems that serve:
A secondary focus is to establish new networks in areas with sufficient population density to support low-carbon systems:
Methane is a by-product of landfill waste decomposition and a powerful greenhouse gas. We continue to make upgrades at the Vancouver Landfill and continue to improve how we capture this gas, which is then used to heat onsite buildings, nearby greenhouses and generate electricity.
In 2014, 505,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions (CO2e) were captured: equivalent to taking over 126,000 cars off the road for a year.
The proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion would result in a:
It would have major implications for:
Over the last year, we consulted with residents and took a strong stand to protect the environmental integrity of the region.
As an intervenor, we put forward over 1,000 questions to Trans Mountain and formally challenged the hearing process, which excluded the upstream and downstream climate change impacts of building the pipeline from being considered. We continue to raise awareness around the climate and environmental consequences of an increase in tar sands production.
The Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) offsets the carbon tax paid by local governments who have committed to becoming carbon neutral in their corporate operations by 2012 under the BC Climate Action Charter.
To be eligible for the grant, local governments are required to publicly report their plan and progress toward meeting their goals.
Our 2014 report summarizes the actions we took in 2014 and planned for 2015, as well as the final City CARIP emissions inventory for 2014.
As part of our emissions reductions efforts in support of environmental action and the CARIP, we are undertaking the Vancouver Landfill Gas Optimization Project to capture more landfill gas.
The metrics for Climate and Renewables rely on:
Emission totals (2,755,000 tCO2e) for the baseline years 2012 and 2013 have been revised due to the updated Provincial Government guidance on how methane — which is emitted by waste decomposing in the landfill — acts as a greenhouse gas.
Specifically, the global warming potential (GWP), the measure of how much heat a particular greenhouse gas traps in the atmosphere, has been updated. The new Provincial Guidance directs that the GWP of methane be updated from 21 to 25 to align with the guidance released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in its Fourth Assessment Report. Carbon dioxide has a GWP of one.
We publicly report our greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory to the Carbon Disclosure Project for Cities (CDP for Cities) platform. Free registration to CDP is required to view responses.
This metric is maintained by the Sustainability Group within the City Manager’s Office at the City of Vancouver.
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The Neighbourhood Energy Strategy will help develop additional neighbourhood energy systems throughout Vancouver.