Energy and climate

District Energy at UVic
UVic's district energy loop.

Preventing emissions that contribute to climate change

UVic is committed to improving energy efficiency, conserving resources, and implementing innovative and progressive energy projects across our campus operations. Expertise is vital for UVic to achieve our aggressive energy reduction and climate goals. 

UVic employs a full time who is responsible for campus energy systems and strategies. Our energy manager, in conjunction with the sustainability coordinators, works tirelessly with campus staff and with our energy providers to ensure the campus is equipped with the tools that reduce impact.

Energy efficiency

Energy Management

The Department of Facilities Management at UVic employs a full time energy manager whose role is monitor, identify, and implementation of opportunities to reduce energy and water consumption. This include the idenficaiton of low-carbon alternative energy opportunities. 

BC Hydro Continious Optimization program

Between 2010 and 2016, UVic Energy Manager engaged in BC Hydro Continious Optimization program as the major strategy to drive energy efficiency at UVic. An engineering study is provided during the first stage of this program that offer many energy saving projects that an institution can choose from. Although implementation plans vary, energy efficiency is the primary goal.

UVic continues to work with BC Hydro to aquire incentives that help improve the business case for energy efficiency at UVic.

Campus Sustainability Fund

Through the Energy and Water saving projects stream of the Sustainability Fund, campus community member can see their efficiency ideas put into practice. Learn more on the Sustainability Fund section of our website.

Carbon inventories and climate action

Greenhouse gas targets in BC

Since 2010, along with every public sector organization and institution governed by the BC government’s climate action legislation, Bill 44 (The Greenhouse Gas Reductions Target Act), UVic conducts a carbon emission inventory. The resulting reports provide valuble information to UVic on its progress toward sustainability, and are available in the resources section of this website.

Bill 44 legislation also requires all public sector organizations and institutions purchase carbon offsets in an attempt to nullify the sector's emssions. The financial costs associated with offset purchases provide an incentive to increase energy efficiency at UVic. The university has been paying less for energy and offsets with each subsequent year since 2011.

Climate action

UVic's major emission reduction activities have occured through BC Hydro/FortisBC's Continious Optimization program. UVic has completed significant work on its HVAC control systems, temperature setbacks, and exhaust systems to prevent unnecessary building heating. The result in 2013, for example, was a reduction of 770 tonnes CO2e emitted.

Despite not accounting for vehicle emissions derived from travelling to and from campus in our yearly inventory, UVic also dedicates significant resourses to Transportation Demand Management (TDM) in an attempt to shift transportation behaviour away from single occupancy vehicle use. Learn more about TDM in the transportation seciton of our website.

In 2011 UVic commissioned the creation of Integrated Energy Master Plan designed to assess renewable energy and energy conservation opportunities on campus. The recommendations in this report guide future decision-making processes that meet energy and greenhouse gas reduction targets set out in the Sustainability Action Plan 2014-2019.

In 2015, as part of the Campus Plan Renewal, UVic comissioned the creation of the Sustainable Site Requirements Study, which identified future areas of development for renewable energy.