The BCIT Energy Team is tasked with reducing Institute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 33% by 2023. The energy used to run campus buildings is a major source of these emissions. Other GHG sources include supplies, such as paper, and fuel used in fleet vehicles and equipment.
- Energy conservation and greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts began in 1990.
- In 2013, BCIT adopted a 3-year strategic energy and greenhouse gas management plan [PDF], with 11 strategic actions.
- 13 energy studies were completed between 2013 and 2016 to help better understand our energy and GHG emissions reduction potential and the feasibility of reaching a reduction target.
- In 2018 a new Strategic Energy Management Plan detailing how we will reach our 2023 GHG reduction goal.
BCIT is actively engaged in energy research, using the campus as a living lab of sustainability. A few of our notable energy projects include:
For Burnaby campus, Total Direct Energy accounts for 18% of the total ecological footprint (2,886 ha). Of this, hydro-electricity accounts for 14% (266 ha), and natural gas consumption 86% (2,620 ha).
- Electricity: 38,000,000 kWh
- Natural Gas: 148,000 GJs
- GHG: 8,400 tCO2eq
The total ecological footprint for Burnaby campus is 4,249 ha (55 times the size of the Burnaby campus – equal to one-third of Burnaby!).