Greening Operations: EnergyBCIT manages its energy on the Burnaby Campus through a comprehensive program. 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 the following 11 strategic actions:
- Embed energy and GHG in BCIT’s policies, procedures and plans
- Proceed immediately with some energy retrofits
- Build a new list of “shovel-ready” projects
- Improve our understanding of renewal options of our thermal energy systems
- Pilot green labs with School of Computing and Academic Studies
- Develop an energy and GHG checklist for major renovations and new buildings
- Improve our understanding of AHU coil cleaning as a means to saving energy
- Improve our understanding of building continuous optimization programs
- Keep reducing energy consumed in information technology
- Keep building employee energy and GHG awareness and education initiatives
- Pursue Living Labs and include energy and GHG in scope.
BCIT is actively engaged in energy research, using the campus as a living lab of sustainability. A few of our notable energy projects include:
- Smart Micro-Grid,
- Energy OASIS,
- Factor Four,
- Spartan Controls Centre for Energy Education and Research,
- Burnaby Campus solar Power Tower.
Energy consumptionFor 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: 3.8
- Natural Gas: 148
- 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!).
Visit Facilities and Campus Development - Energy for details on BCIT's energy consumption and savings.