Community Energy & Emissions Plan
Surrey residents and businesses currently spend over $1 billion dollars per year on energy. This will likely double to $2 billion by 2020. In addition to rising costs, energy use and its associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions contributes to global climate change.
So, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help keep Surrey affordable, we're aiming to reduce emissions by 33% per capita below 2007 levels before 2020, and 80% per capita before 2050.
To achieve these targets, address climate change, and keep money in your pocket, we're working with you and your community to reduce emissions.
Community Energy and Emissions Plan
The CEEP is part of Surrey's Community Climate Action Strategy (CCAS). The CCAS is comprised of 2 complementary plans:
- the Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) provides a guide to reduce community energy spending and greenhouse gas emissions, and
- the Climate Adaptation Strategy (CAS) identifies how the City may be vulnerable to climate change impacts and proposes actions to mitigate risk and cost.
Together, these 2 plans reinforce the City’s broader efforts toward establishing Surrey as a prosperous and resilient 21st century urban centre.
The CEEP guides the City in achieving our GHG reduction targets, by defining strategies in the following areas:
- Land Use: Encourage safe, walkable, complete, compact neighbourhoods.
- Transportation: Support walking, cycling, transit, green cars.
- Buildings: Build efficient new buildings and promote energy retrofits in existing ones.
- Energy Infrastructure: Establish sustainable energy supply systems, including district energy.
- Solid Waste: Reduce, re-use, recycle, and recover energy from waste.
To develop the plan, we engaged the community and key stakeholders on different alternatives to shift future energy demand and supply in Surrey.
Watch this video and learn about our award-winning climate plans.
Full CEEP documents and sections can be found here:
- Community Climate Action Strategy (995 KB, full document)
- Community Energy and Emissions Plan (6 MB, full document)
- Executive Summary and Table of Contents (362 KB)
- Part 1: Context (1.2 MB)
- Part 2: Taking Action - Land Use and Transportation (2.2 MB)
- Part 2: Taking Action - Buildings, District Energy and Waste (1.4 MB)
- Part 2: Taking Action - Cross Cutting Strategies, Energy Forecast and Adaptation Integration (515 KB)
- Part 3: Implementation and Monitoring (346 KB)
- Part 4: Appendices (299 KB)
- Supplementary Material: Power Conservation Analysis (247 KB)
- Supplementary Material: CEEMAP Methodology (424 KB)
City reducing community emissions
We've been working to do our part to reduce community-wide emissions:
- Updating the Official Community Plan to include energy and climate change policies.
- Building a District Energy System in City Centre.
- Supporting the development of Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure across the City.
- Implementing an organic waste collection program powered by low-carbon CNG vehicles.
- Working with Community Partners to offer climate change awareness activities within Surrey schools.
- Increasing the bike routes and sustainable transportation options for Surrey residents.
The City of Surrey is a global leader on climate action, and has joined the Compact of Mayors, the world's largest coalition of city leaders addressing climate change by pledging to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, tracking their progress and preparing for the impacts of climate change.
The City also leads by reducing energy use and GHG emissions in our own operations, through the implementation of the Corporate Emissions Action Plan!
Communities addressing climate change
Save money and do your bit to address climate change:
- Improve your home’s energy efficiency
- Make smarter travel choices around town.
- Minimize the garbage you produce.