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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Earns CVRD an Honourable Mention
Duncan, BC - The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) received an Honourable Mention from the BC Community Energy Association at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) convention for the outstanding work to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions at the Island Savings Centre (ISC). The award was presented at the December 14 CVRD Board meeting.
In 2015, the ISC reduced natural gas consumption by 50 per cent and electricity consumption by 20 per cent compared to 2012 energy consumption. This equals over $140,000 in annual energy costs savings and a reduction of 250 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. This equals 50 per cent of the facility’s 2012 emissions and is equivalent to the emissions from heating 60 homes on southern Vancouver Island.
“These results validate the cost effectiveness of energy upgrades to the CVRD’s aging facilities. It also demonstrates the CVRD’s commitment to carbon neutral operations and sustainable service delivery,” commented Sharon Jackson, Chair of the ISC Commission.
Through the implementation of the CVRD’s Strategic Energy Management Plan and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions Strategy, the ISC completed an Energy Study in 2013, which identified a bundle of energy upgrades to mechanical, refrigeration, and lighting systems. These upgrades were successfully implemented, and qualified for approximately $230,000 in combined grants from BC Hydro and Fortis BC which brought the simple payback of the investment to 2.8 years.
The CVRD continues to take an active role in looking for ways to continue to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions at its facilities.