Royal Roads achieves carbon neutrality for eighth year

Author: 
Lisa Weighton

Royal Roads University has achieved carbon neutrality for the eighth consecutive year through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and carbon offsets. Since 2010, the university has reduced its carbon footprint by more than 400 tonnes, or the equivalent of removing approximately 80 cars off the road for a year.

Every year, the university undertakes innovative sustainability-centred projects that focus on saving energy and reducing emissions. This steady approach has led to a progressive decline in its overall greenhouse gas emissions.

Royal Roads is on track towards meeting its BC-mandated target of a 33 per cent emission reduction below 2007 levels by 2020.

“We teach and learn on a national historic site home to old growth forests and protected species,” says Royal Roads President and Vice-Chancellor Allan Cahoon. “This unique space serves as a living laboratory for our students and the community and we’re deeply committed to being a leader in the sustainable future of this land.”

Last year, Royal Roads carried out a number of building retrofits to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A new boiler was installed in Hatley Castle, providing a reliable source of energy-efficient heat and temperature control upgrades increased targeted heating and energy efficiency. Other initiatives include the installation of LED lights and energy-efficient upgrades campus buildings, installing new water bottle refill stations and expanding compost and recycling stations on campus.

Royal Roads will continue to work towards reducing its GHG emissions in 2018 by further reducing paper emissions, upgrading campus exterior lighting, implementing recommendations from a completed energy audit and conducting a geothermal feasibility study.

Read Royal Roads University’s 2017 Carbon Neutral Action Report.