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Surrey Wins Clean Energy ‘Community of the Year Award’

September 19, 2011

Surrey – The Clean Energy Association of British Columbia has awarded the City of Surrey the ‘Community of the Year Award’, for providing leadership on clean energy initiatives and developing a comprehensive, multi-faceted strategy.

“We are honoured to receive this award,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “We believe it’s important for governments to demonstrate leadership by advancing new technologies, reducing energy consumption and enhancing sustainability in their operations and in the community.”

The association chose Surrey, in part, due to the City’s leadership in promoting alternatives to traditional transportation fuels. Some of the initiatives include:

  • City Council passed an innovative new fuel initiative requiring all new service stations to provide at least one alternative fuel source, such as hydrogen, compressed natural gas (CNG), or electric vehicle recharging
  • The City of Surrey is one of only four cities in the country to receive the prestigious Fleet Gold Rating from the Fraser Basin Council
  • Surrey is the only municipality in Canada to host two municipal hydrogen fuelling stations
  • The City is operating three zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and four full-size pickup trucks running on a hydrogen powered internal combustion engine
  • By the end of 2011, the City will add a 100% electric vehicle and charging station to its fleet
  • The City operates Canada’s first CNG municipal waste collection truck
  • The City continues to move forward with plans to establish an organics biofuel facility that will process residential and commercial kitchen and yard waste into fuel, which would then be used to power vehicles, including the City’s garbage trucks

In addition, the City has started building Canada's largest closed loop geothermal system as part of the new City Center District Energy System, created a new Corporate Emissions Action Plan, and established numerous clean energy demonstration projects.

The City recently launched a new EnergyShift program to engage the public to help develop a strategy for how Surrey can further reduce its carbon footprint. The goal is to enhance Surrey’s land use and development plans; reduce solid waste; encourage walking, cycling and transit; develop sustainable new buildings; create viable energy infrastructure; and stimulate investment in the clean technology sector.

“We are building a city from the ground up, and as we do that we need to shape growth and redefine our city,” says Watts. “Working in cooperation with industry, government, academic and community partners, we’re taking concrete actions to become more energy efficient and position Surrey as premier investment location in the clean technology industry.”

She adds the City’s Economic Investment Action Plan provides incentives for new clean energy companies to locate in Surrey, and the City is in the preliminary stages of developing a Cleantech Commercialization Centre at Campbell Heights, which will provide space and expertise to support demonstration projects, technology testing, and business mentoring.

“The Commercialization Centre will be a very unique destination where the best and the brightest in the clean technology sector will create, develop and inspire innovations,” says Councillor Linda Hepner, Chair of the Mayor’s Clean Energy Advisory Network, a group comprised of industry leaders, CEOs, financial advisors and researchers. “Partnerships and collaboration are critical as we advance sustainability and help clean tech businesses set up and grow here in Surrey. Our Advisory Network is assisting us to indentify growth opportunities and create employment and new investment opportunities in the clean energy sector.”

The 2011 Clean Energy Awards will be handed out on September 26, 2011.

For more information on the City’s energy plans and initiatives, please visit: http://www.surrey.ca/energy

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Media Contact:

Tara Foslien
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor
604.375.4584