FALSE CREEK, B.C. — The federal government and the Province of British Columbia are putting more than $10 million into an upgrade of an iconic Vancouver energy facility.
The Government of Canada will put more than $5.5 million towards the Sewage Heat Recovery Expansion project for the Vancouver False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility (NEU) for new sewage heat recovery capacity, while B.C. will contribute $4.6 million. An additional $3.7 million will be provided by the applicant.
New equipment will be installed inside the existing False Creek Energy Centre and will increase the capacity of the NEU to provide buildings in the False Creek area with low-carbon heat and hot water. The NEU recycles waste heat and uses a mix of renewable and conventional natural gas to reduce emissions.
“This is an important investment when it comes to addressing the climate emergency our city is facing. Nearly 60 per cent of carbon pollution created in Vancouver comes from burning natural gas to heat our buildings and provide hot water. This investment from our provincial and federal partners will help us greatly expand the Neighbourhood Energy Utility to reduce our carbon footprint even further,” Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart said in a statement.
The federal government also announced the expansion of Level-2 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations throughout the province, with more than 80 new stations to be installed in communities across mid-Vancouver Island as well as northern and central B.C.
“Expanding electric vehicle charging stations across Vancouver Island will make clean transportation more viable for more people. Encouraging green energy solutions like this is essential to building strong resilient communities,” added federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson.