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About This Priority

Metro Vancouver recognizes the authority and responsibility of the Province in determining energy efficiency policies and regulations effective in this region.

Residents and businesses use energy to heat buildings and water, fuel vehicles, and power industrial processes. Using fossil fuel energy like gasoline, diesel, propane, and natural gas results in greenhouse gas emissions.

In the Metro Vancouver region, there are many opportunities to generate renewable and low carbon energy, and switch away from fossil fuels.

Climate 2050: Energy

Switching from fossil-fuel-based energy sources (fuel, diesel, natural gas) to low carbon fuels and renewable forms of energy provides a significant opportunity to decarbonize our region’s energy system.

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Anticipated Impacts

  • Wastewater treatment facilities will receive higher influent volumes from storms, which combined with sea level rise, will increase energy required for pumping.
  • Increasing summer heat will increase cooling requirements for buildings.
  • The increase in summer electricity demand will stress the provincial energy infrastructure.

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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.

Learn More About Climate Change

Climate change is already affecting our planet and our region in profound ways, making our summers hotter and drier, our winters warmer and wetter, and increasing the occurrence of extreme weather events.

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