2015 Carbon Neutral Action Report
For the sixth straight year, Royal Roads University (RRU) has achieved carbon neutral status and reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In 2015, RRU’s total GHG emissions were reduced to 1,032 carbon dioxide equivalent tonnes (tCO2e), which is an approximately 29% reduction from RRU’s total GHG emissions reported in 2010 (see figure below). Under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act, all public sector organizations are mandated to reduce GHG emissions by 33% below 2007 levels by 2020. Public sector organizations are required to measure, reduce and offset GHG emissions from buildings, vehicle fleets and paper use. Royal Roads has been recognized by the B.C. Climate Action Secretariat as one of the top B.C. public sector organizations who will meet their target in 2020.
Reductions in GHG emissions can be attributed to the implementation of energy efficient retrofits throughout campus. In 2015, energy projects included converting the interior and exterior lights on campus from incandescent to LED; upgrading boiler and direct digital controls in buildings; upgrading pipe insulation in the Nixon Building; and installing a new recirculation line for the solar hot water system in the Millward Building. Royal Roads is committed to continue to implement energy efficient projects to further reduce GHG emissions by 50% by 2020. Acknowledgement goes out to the efforts of the Physical and Environmental Resources staff for their work and partnership on these projects to reduce emissions.
Actions taken to reduce GHG emissions in 2015 and actions planned to continue to reduce GHG emissions in 2016 are outlined in the 2015 Carbon Neutral Action Report. Royal Roads' GHG emissions by source for the 2015 calendar year are presented in the figure below.
Royal Roads is mandated to report annually on GHG emissions produced, offsets purchased to become carbon neutral, actions taken to reduce emissions, and other sustainability practices undertaken by the university. The annual reports (Carbon Neutral Action Reports) can be viewed by visiting http://www.royalroads.ca/about/reports-policies-planning.
Overall, British Columbia’s public sector has achieved a 5% reduction in total GHG emissions since 2010. Further information on British Columbia's Carbon Neutral Action Reporting, including summaries and highlights, and annual reports can be viewed at http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/climate-change/reports-data/carbon-neutral-action-reports.