Energy Efficiency


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.

Read BC’s Climate Leadership Plan [PDF]