2017 Carbon Neutral Action Report
Royal Roads University has achieved carbon neutrality for the eighth consecutive year, helping to lower greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) as part of the BC Government’s Carbon Neutral Government Regulation.
Since 2010, Royal Roads has reduced its carbon footprint by over 400 tonnes, which is the equivalent of removing approximately 80 cars off the road for a year.
While Royal Roads’ overall emissions have decreased since 2010, the university did experience a slight increase in emissions in 2017. The majority of the university’s emissions (92%) are produced by stationary fuel combustion and purchased electricity from the university’s buildings, and in 2017 the university’s emissions associated with buildings increased despite efforts to reduce energy consumption within the existing built environment. This increase can be attributed to a few factors including weather conditions, a rise in construction activities related to the Centre for Environmental Science and International Partnership (CESIP) and the Boathouse, and switching to larger boilers in Hatley Castle and the Nixon Building.
Within its overall total of 2017 GHG emissions, those associated with mobile fuel combustion (fleet vehicles) and supplies (paper) declined compared to prior years, offsetting marginal increases in stationary fuel combustion. It is anticipated that once construction related to the CESIP and the Boathouse are complete, and with the implementation of other energy-efficient upgrades in 2018, Royal Roads’ year-to-year emission totals will return to a downward trend.
Royal Roads’ carbon footprint from 2010 to 2017 is outlined in the table below.
The 2017 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 Plans & Reports.