Energy & Water Services


Energy & Water Services’ mission is to generate, distribute and conserve UBC’s energy and water resources in an open and transparent manner that maintains our customers’ environmental comfort, ensures system reliability, minimizes life cycle cost, reduces GHG emissions, and seeks out innovative solutions. We aim to reduce UBC’s consumption of energy and water, and eliminate our greenhouse gas emissions by 2035 through mindful stewardship of our campus energy and water resources.

Engineering & Utilities

Engineering & Utilities manages and operates UBC’s utility assets by delivering utilities master plans and load forecasts, and ensures that associated capital upgrades are undertaken as required. This department includes the utility and district systems managers and operators who work closely with energy engineers and building management systems specialists to deliver reliable, efficient service and utility savings opportunities.

Energy Conservation & Innovation

The Energy Conservation & Innovation (ECI) team’s mandate is to implement energy and water conservation and efficiency measures that reduce UBC’s operating costs, defer costly infrastructure upgrades, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and lessen UBC’s exposure to fluctuating energy markets.

The long-term value of our energy management efforts can be measured by the reduction of UBC’s energy use intensity, which is the energy consumed per square metre (m2) of building floor space.

We are committed to:

  • Offsetting 100% of UBC’s new building energy consumption through energy conservation and efficiency measures
  • Aggressively pursue UBC’s Climate Action Plan CAP 2030 targets of reducing GHG emissions by 85% by 2030 and 100% by 2035
  • Reducing UBC’s natural gas consumption by 20,000 gigajoules (GJ) annually
  • Reducing UBC’s electrical consumption by 4,000,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) annually
  • Maintaining all energy savings achieved through building performance monitoring, targeting and reporting
  • Achieving energy savings and GHG emission reductions in a fiscally responsible manner
  • Improving overall building thermal comfort, lighting, air quality and system reliability

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