Corporate Emissions Action Plan
Find out how we're on our way to reducing corporate greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020.
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 reducing corporate greenhouse gas emissions by 20% below baseline levels before 2020. Check out the Sustainability Dashboard to see how we’re doing in our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the City fleet and City facilities.
Corporate Emissions Action Plan
The Corporate Emissions Action Plan (CEAP) outlines the City of Surrey's strategies to reduce energy use through innovations to City buildings, City fleets, infrastructure and engagement.
The CEAP identifies actions and defines targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions across the organization. It also outlines implementation requirements, roles and responsibilities, monitoring and reporting requirements, and financing opportunities to assist with plan implementation.
Carbon Neutral Corporate Operations
As a signatory to the BC Climate Action Charter, the City of Surrey committed to the goal of becoming carbon neutral in our corporate operations. This involves:
- Measuring greenhouse gas emissions
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
- Offsetting or 'balancing' remaining emissions through investments in local greenhouse gas reduction projects
- Reporting to the public on actions taken
In 2015, the City achieved carbon neutrality through the Vancouver Landfill Gas Capture Upgrade project and the City's yard waste collection program. This means that the greenhouse gas emissions generated by our facilities and fleet were offset or balanced by these projects, which reduced the equivalent number of emissions.
Corporate Actions to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
We're reducing our corporate greenhouse gas emissions through a number of actions, including testing new technologies and approaches that demonstrate leadership and innovation:
- Our energy-efficient City Hall building includes a District Energy System powered by geothermal heating and cooling technology.
- The City Centre Library and the Surrey Animal Care Facility have both received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
- The Organic Waste Biofuel Processing Facility turns the City's organic waste into a 100% renewable natural gas to power our fleet vehicles and our District Energy System.
- We've purchased a number of alternative fuel vehicles, including five 100% electric vehicles and a full fleet of compressed natural gas waste collection trucks.
The City of Surrey is committed to working collaboratively with international partners to demonstrate and promote leadership on climate action.
- We signed the Mexico City Pact, which was initiated at the World Mayors Summit on Climate in 2010.
- As part of the Mexico City Pact, we also reported our corporate and community greenhouse gas emissions on the Carbon Cities Climate Registry.
- We are a part of the Compact of Mayors, the world's largest coalition of city leaders addressing climate change by pledging to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
Clean Energy Technologies
Review the City of Surrey's earlier planning process for clean energy demonstration projects that promote clean energy technologies. These projects explore:
- power generation
- power conservation
- developing a clean energy hub, and
- testing clean energy vehicles.
For more information about sustainability goals in Surrey, see our Sustainability Charter.