Check out the City's plan for reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in Surrey.

Surrey residents and businesses currently spend more than $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 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 & Emissions Plan

The Community Energy & Emissions Plan, along with the Climate Adaptation Strategy, makes up Surrey's Community Climate Action Strategy. It outlines our guide to reducing community energy spending and greenhouse gas emissions and helps guide the City’s broader efforts in establishing Surrey as a thriving, modern urban centre.

The Community Energy & Emissions Plan guides the City in achieving our greenhouse gas reduction targets 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.

Community Energy & Emissions Plan Documents

Reducing Emissions

As part of the Community Energy & Emissions Plan, Surrey has been reducing emissions community wide by:

In addition, 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, track their progress and preparing for the impacts of climate change.

The City also leads by reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in our own operations through the Corporate Emissions Action Plan.

Community Energy & Emissions Plan Background

To develop the Community Energy & Emissions Plan, we engaged the community and key stakeholders on different alternatives to shift future energy demand and supply in Surrey. Development of the Community Energy & Emissions Plan began in 2011. A community energy and emission profile was completed, along with a projection of energy and emission growth based on current plans. The City met with key stakeholders to identify high level strategies and priorities to inform the Plan’s development, and engaged youth in developing a vision for a low carbon community.

In 2012, participants were invited to the EnergyShift Panel and Open House, where they indicated a high degree of support for retrofit programs, renewable energy and increased efficiency in new buildings, high speed transit, active transportation infrastructure, and low emission vehicles.

Based on input from stakeholders, a range of options were developed within 5 strategy areas: land use, transportation, buildings, energy supply, and waste. To evaluate the impacts of various options and help guide the decision-making process, 3 broad policy bundles were defined:

  • Current Plans: A future guided by the policy and plans that the City currently has in place, as well as estimates of where other governments and agencies are headed with regards to energy and emission reductions.
  • Scenario 1: A future that sees distributed infill in existing neighbourhoods, focused growth in all Town Centres, City Centre and transit corridors, and a modest increase in high quality public transit and district energy.
  • Scenario 2: A future that sees concentrated growth in City Centre, some Town Centres and transit corridors, and significant increases in active transportation infrastructure, rapid transit and district energy.

In December 2012, we invited Surrey residents to the EnergyShift Cafe, where participants developed lots of innovative strategy ideas after learning about the background to ENERGYShift and getting an overview of the plan's draft strategies.

In January 2013, stakeholders were invited to comment on and help refine the draft strategies. The final strategies were adopted by Council in November 2013.