When we use less energy, we reduce our emissions. That is why B.C.’s Climate Leadership Plan includes a number of strategies to make our province more energy efficient, including:
- Offering incentives for businesses to implement energy management systems.
- Committing to implement regulations by 2020 that will set energy efficiency requirements for new and replacement gas-fired package boilers, driving down emissions across a number of industries.
- Working with BC Hydro and FortisBC to offer programs for improving the energy efficiency of businesses, including incentives for upgrades and opportunities to learn from experts.
- Allowing FortisBC to increase incentives to promote the adoption of efficient gas-fired equipment by at least 100%.
- Amending the energy efficiency standards regulation to include:
- Increased efficiency requirements for gas fireplaces and air source heat pumps, effective in 2018.High-efficiency technology requirements for natural gas space and water heating equipment, effective in 2020 and 2025 respectively.
- • Encouraging the development of net zero energy use buildings by:
- Accelerating increased energy requirements in the B.C. Building Code by taking incremental steps to make buildings ready to be net zero by 2032.
- Developing energy efficiency requirements for new buildings that go beyond those in the B.C. Building Code, called Stretch Codes.
- Creating innovation opportunities and financial incentives for advanced, energy-efficient buildings, including an increase in funding for design and innovation.
- Advancing efficient electrification projects by working with BC Hydro to expand the mandate of its demand-side management programs to include investments that increase efficiency and reduce emissions.
Learn more about how B.C. is improving energy efficiency by reading the Climate Leadership Plan.