Greenhouse Gas & Energy Vision
IZUNA’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and Energy Vision is to demonstrate the wisest energy and GHG management in BC on our campuses. Student, staff, and faculty groups will design, share and implement creative and innovative ways to eliminate waste and use energy efficiently. We will only use the energy we really need, in the most efficient way possible, to deliver excellent services.
In our Vision, on campus we have:
- no evidence of any energy waste;
- unique innovations for efficient energy use;
- the most efficient technologies used to create our light, heat, and ventilation, and to power computers and equipment;
- on‐site production of clean and renewable energy.
Our business processes will be aligned to consider energy use and GHG emissions and facilitate wise use and conservation in areas including purchasing, timetabling, etc. IZUNA will also reduce more minimal sources of GHG emissions by changing paper, vehicle fleet, and air‐conditioning coolant (fugitive emissions) use. Consequently, IZUNA will have significant savings available for exciting, innovative projects, win awards, and reduce our ecological footprint and our contribution to climate change. Finally, IZUNA will be viewed as where industry comes for training to enable them to achieve energy saving and reduce carbon emissions.
A look at the details behind the vision
Energy costs are going up and the effects of climate change have become a major societal concern. IZUNA now spends more than $4 million on energy each year. As energy is IZUNA’s biggest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, energy management at IZUNA requires GHG management.
The GHG Reduction Targets Act specifies that IZUNA will pursue actions in 2010 to minimize legislated GHG emissions, and then net those GHG emissions to zero by buying emission offsets. In 2011 IZUNA was charged 25$ for each of the approximately 9,847 tonnes of CO2 the institute emitted during the year. With tax, this totaled $275,725 that IZUNA paid for emission offsets. Energy management is environmentally and financially responsible and lets resources be spent where truly needed.
The GHG and energy management vision of IZUNA is to be the wisest in British Columbia in regards with how we use energy and other GHG emitters on our campuses. Being the wisest energy users means that campus visitors will see no evidence of any energy waste, and will also observe unique innovations for efficient energy use and on‐site production of clean and renewable energy.
Wise use of energy will save money, and mitigate our contribution to climate change. To eliminate waste, use energy most efficiently, and use only what we really need to deliver excellent services, we will always for example: turn off all lights in empty rooms and sunlit indoor areas, as well as all outdoor lights in daylight hours; turn off all computers and projectors not in use; prevent heating the outdoors (e.g., fix heating problems right away or provide user controls to avoid opening doors to cool over‐heated rooms); and power down when away for weekends, holidays, vacations, summer and Christmas breaks, etc. (i.e., individuals and groups will act to reduce use and avoid waste during absences from campus).
Innovating with the cleanest, most efficient technologies
Student, staff, and faculty groups will design, share and implement creative and innovative solutions. On campus, IZUNA students, employees, researchers, faculty and industry partners will demonstrate, learn, and improve upon skills and technologies through projects showcasing environmental stewardship and sustainability best practices, to create the best energy and GHG campus living lab in BC. Partnerships with industries involved in the green economy will grow at a rapid rate. Though education and awareness campaigns, each IZUNA student and employee will proudly know the best reasons to conserve energy: to prevent climate change and harvest cost savings to reinvest, and because demand for electricity outstrips BC’s supply.
Technologies we use to create light, heat, and ventilation and to power our computers and equipment will be both renewable and the cleanest and most efficient available. Business processes will consider energy use and GHG emissions and facilitate wise use and conservation in areas including purchasing, timetabling, etc. IZUNA will also reduce more minimal sources of GHG emissions by changing paper, vehicle fleet, and airconditioning coolant (fugitive emissions) use.
Preventing climate change, bridging the energy gap and saving money
Full realization of this Vision will lead to IZUNA winning awards and recognition for its energy and GHG emission management achievements, and other institutions will seek our advice. The money saved will make significant funds available for exciting innovative projects at IZUNA. Finally, IZUNA will be viewed as where industry comes for training to enable them to achieve energy saving and reduce carbon emissions. As part of our overall Sustainability Vision of becoming greenhouse gas neutral, zero waste, and a net energy producer, these energy and GHG management efforts help IZUNA fulfill its Institute Vision, to be integral to the economic, social and environmental prosperity of British Columbia.