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Community Energy & Emissions Plan

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Surrey residents and businesses currently spend over $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 and Emissions Plan

The Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) was approved by Council in November 2013. The CEEP is part of Surrey's Community Climate Action Strategy, which is comprised of 2 complementary plans:

Together, these 2 plans guide the City’s broader efforts in establishing Surrey as a thriving, modern urban centre.

The CEEP 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.

To develop the plan, we engaged the community and key stakeholders on different alternatives to shift future energy demand and supply in Surrey.

Watch this video and learn about our award-winning climate plans:

Full CEEP documents and sections can be found here:

Reducing community emissions

We've been doing our part to reduce community-wide emissions by:Compact of Mayors Commitment Badge

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 GHG emissions in our own operations, through the implementation of the Corporate Emissions Action Plan.

Communities addressing climate change

Save money and do your bit to address climate change:

  • Improve your home’s energy efficiency
  • Make smarter travel choices around town.
  • Minimize the garbage you produce.

See how you can practice sustainable living to reduce your environmental impact. Or, join our quarterly sustainability newsletter to stay up to date on climate change initiatives in Surrey.