2016 Carbon Neutral Action Report

2016 Carbon Neutral Action Report

As a member of the post-secondary education community, Royal Roads University is mandated to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as part of the BC Government’s Carbon Neutral Government Regulation. And thanks to the efforts of the Royal Roads community, we have been very successful!

For the sixth consecutive year, Royal Roads has achieved carbon neutral status and reduced GHG emissions. In 2016, Royal Roads’ total GHG emissions were reduced to 1,013 carbon dioxide equivalent tonnes (tCO2e), which is an approximate 31% reduction from Royal Roads’ total GHG emissions reported in 2010 (see figure below). As a result of the many energy conservation projects over the years, Royal Roads is on track to achieving its goal of meeting the BC Government legislated requirement to reduce GHG emissions by 33% by 2020.  

Energy conservation projects that were completed in 2016 include successfully converting a significant portion of campus exterior incandescent/fluorescent lights to low-energy LED lights; renovating the library to improve overall building system and energy efficiencies; updating the boiler and direct digital control system in the Millward Building; installing a new, highly efficient steam-boiler system in the Nixon Building; installing LED lights in the Cedar Building classrooms and loft area, in Hatley Castle chandeliers and in the Arbutus Building; and refurbishing steam traps for the campus buildings that use steam heating systems.

The 2016 Carbon Neutral Action Report and previous year's reports outlining Royal Roads’ GHG emissions and actions taken to reduce emissions can be viewed by visiting Royal Roads University Plans & Reports.