Neighbourhood Energy Strategy Adopted

Description

Vancouver City Council adopts the Neighbourhood Energy Strategy in 2011. The goals of the Neighbourhood Energy Strategy are to reduce carbon emissions, decrease dependence on fossil fuels,  keep energy affordable in the long term, with the goal of obtaining 100 per cent of the city’s energy needs from renewable sources by 2050.

Significance

The Neighbourhood Energy Strategy provides a plan for neighbourhood energy development in the city, including key guidelines for the development of neighbourhood energy supplies.

Background

Neighbourhood energy systems supply heating and cooling and hot water for multiple buildings in an area. The Neighbourhood Energy Strategy, which is part of Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 Action Plan, is meant to target areas with the greatest potential for carbon reduction, with a flexible approach for each target area. The goal is to reduce carbon by 33 per cent of 2012 levels by 2020 by converting existing steam-heat systems or gas-heated buildings to low-carbon energy sources such as those at Central Heat downtown and at Vancouver General Hospital.

The strategy looks to new and expanded systems at Southeast and Northeast False Creek and the River District, as well as other areas undergoing major development.

The goal is for environmentally friendly, cost-competitive heat and hot water in high-density neighbourhoods. The strategy also requires energy centres to meet or exceed all applicable air-quality regulations and calls for a community engagement process for proposed neighbourhood energy facilities so that they fit with the designated area.

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