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Corporate Emissions Action Plan

Greener Alternative Truck for Waste Reduction on the street in Surrey.

The City of Surrey is committed to fostering a livable and resilient community through action on sustainability. This begins with leadership in our own operations. To demonstrate this, we've committed to reduce corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20% below baseline levels before 2020. Check out the Sustainability Dashboard to see how we’re doing in our efforts to reduce GHG emissions from the City fleet and facilities.

Corporate Emissions Action Plan

The Corporate Emissions Action Plan outlines our strategies to reduce energy use through innovations to City buildings, fleet, infrastructure and engagement.

While we've pursued energy efficient operations for many years, the Plan formalizes past initiatives, adds new actions, and defines targets for reducing GHG emissions. The plan also outlines implementation requirements, roles and responsibilities, monitoring and reporting requirements, and financing opportunities to assist with plan implementation.

This plan and the actions we're taking uphold our commitment to be "carbon neutral" in our operations as a signatory of the BC Climate Action Charter. The Council adopted the City’s Corporate Emissions Action Plan in the Regular Council meeting on October 18, 2010

Corporate actions to reduce GHG emissions

We've already started reducing our emissions through some corporate actions, including testing new technologies and demonstrating leadership through a number of clean energy demonstration projects.

We're pursuing green building technologies, such as the New City Hall, built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold standard with a district energy system. The new Surrey Animal Care Facility is also LEED certified, and includes a geothermal heating and cooling system.

We've explored opportunities to move towards “carbon neutral” by investing in local Surrey-based projects that would benefit the community and our region.

We started organics diversion as part of the new waste collection contract in October 2012. This new service features a full fleet of low-emission CNG waste collection trucks.

We've also purchased a number of alternative fuel vehicles, including five 100% electric vehicles and a full fleet of compressed natural gas (CNG) waste collection trucks.

International Commitment  

Mexico City Pact Signatory

The City of Surrey is committed to working collaboratively with international partners to demonstrate and promote leadership on climate action. In 2011, the City of Surrey signed the Mexico City Pact, which was initiated at the World Mayors Summit on Climate in 2010.

The pact established a set of voluntary commitments to reduce our contribution to climate change, and adapt to foreseeable impacts. As part of the Mexico City Pact, the City reports our corporate and community GHG emissions on the Carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR).