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Corporate Emissions Action Plan

Greener Alternative Truck for Waste Reduction on the street in Surrey.

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 reduce corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20% below baseline levels before 2020. Check out the Sustainability Dashboard to see how we’re doing in our efforts to reduce GHG emissions from the City fleet and facilities.

Corporate Emissions Action Plan

The Corporate Emissions Action Plan (CEAP) outlines our strategies to reduce energy use through innovations to City buildings, fleet, infrastructure and engagement.

The CEAP identifies actions and defines targets for reducing GHG emissions across the organization. It also outlines implementation requirements, roles and responsibilities, monitoring and reporting requirements, and financing opportunities to assist with plan implementation. Council adopted the City’s Corporate Emissions Action Plan in the Regular Council meeting on October 18, 2010.

Carbon Neutral Corporate Operations

As a signatory to the B.C. Climate Action Charter, the City of Surrey committed to the goal of becoming carbon neutral in our corporate operations, which the Province defines as:

  1. Measuring GHG emissions
  2. Reducing GHG emissions
  3. Offsetting or 'balancing' remaining emissions through investments in local GHG reduction projects; and,
  4. 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. In other words, the GHG 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 GHG emissions

We're reducing our corporate GHG emissions through a number of actions, including testing new technologies and approaches that demonstrate leadership and innovation:

Our energy-efficient City Hall includes a district energy system powered by geothermal heating and cooling technology. City Centre Library is built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold standard, and our Surrey Animal Care Facility also achieved LEED certification.

We started organics diversion as part of the new waste collection contract in October 2012. This new service features a full fleet of low-emission CNG waste collection trucks.

We will soon close the loop on our waste collection service; a new Organic Waste Biofuel Processing Facility will be operational in 2017, and turn the City's organic waste into a 100% renewable natural gas (RNG). This renewable fuel will power our fleet vehicles and our District Energy System, which will heat and cool Surrey's City Centre.

We've also purchased a number of alternative fuel vehicles, including five 100% electric vehicles and a full fleet of compressed natural gas (CNG) waste collection trucks. An additional 28 CNG fuelled vehicles were introduced into the fleet in 2015, with plans to continue expanding low-carbon City vehicles in the coming years.

International Commitments

The City of Surrey is committed to working collaboratively with international partners to demonstrate and promote leadership on climate action.

In 2011, the City of Surrey signed the Mexico City Pact, which was initiated at the World Mayors Summit on Climate in 2010. The pact established a set of voluntary commitments to reduce our contribution to climate change, and adapt to foreseeable impacts. As part of the Mexico City Pact, the City has reported our corporate and community GHG emissions on the Carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR).

In 2015, the City joined the Compact of Mayors, the world's largest coalition of city leaders addressing climate change by pledging to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, tracking their progress and preparing for the impacts of climate change.