Switching from fossil fuel-based energy sources to low carbon electricity and fuels is essential to decarbonize our region’s energy system. Investing in local low carbon energy systems such as renewable natural gas, waste heat recovery, solar, and heat pumps can support business development, job creation and energy self-sufficiency while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
As an example, Metro Vancouver currently produces renewable natural gas at several of its wastewater treatment plants, which displaces the use of fossil fuels for operation of these facilities.
There is potential to increase production of renewable natural gas or other biofuels from wastewater, and to capture more waste heat from utilities, solid waste facilities, and the liquid waste collection system.
BC Hydro and Fortis BC are responsible for energy supply and distribution in Metro Vancouver. Their policies work to increase the supply of low carbon energy to the region, and ensure that our energy infrastructure is resilient to the impacts of climate change.
Energy utilities manage energy conservation incentives to encourage residents and businesses to reduce their energy demand, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions.