Vancouver’s Switch to Low-Carbon District Energy Systems


To help meet its target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Vancouver is encouraging the development of new low-carbon district energy systems, such as those that run on waste heat or biofuel. At present, the utility rates associated with low-carbon systems are reportedly 10 per cent higher than those for Vancouver’s existing natural gas-fired plants. Although there is some debate as to whether their rates will become cheaper than those for natural gas over time, one thing is for certain: they produce much lower greenhouse gas emissions – 66 per cent less at the city’s False Creek waste-heat utility alone.


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