Developing neighbourhood renewable energy systems throughout Vancouver is a key strategy to meeting the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan goals to:
- Cut carbon emissions
- Reduce our dependence on fossil fuels
- Keep energy affordable in the long term
- Achieve 100% of our energy needs from renewable sources before 2050
Neighbourhood renewable energy systems supply centralized heating, hot water, and sometimes cooling for multiple buildings.
These systems use low-carbon renewable energy sources, such as sewage waste heat, to reduce the use of fossil fuels.
They also eliminate the need for boilers in individual buildings, and provide environmentally-friendly, affordable heat and hot water.