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June 16, 2016 Yes SFU signs energy deal that will see 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions at Burnaby Campus

SFU signs energy deal with Corix

SFU signs energy deal that will see 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions at Burnaby Campus


June 2, 2016

SFU has completed negotiations with Corix Multi-Utility Services Inc. (Corix) to finance, design, construct, own and operate a new Central Energy Plant (CEP). The CEP will service SFU’s Burnaby Campus and the UniverCity community on Burnaby Mountain. At build out, the CEP would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at the campus from heating by 85% and the entire SFU GHG emissions from all sources by 69%.

“The development of this biomass heating plant will allow SFU to surpass the Provincial mandated GHG reduction target for 2020” says Larry Waddell, Chief Facilities Officer. “It would also put SFU on the path to achieving the 2050 reduction target and would make SFU one of the public sector leads in Canada in reducing GHG emissions.”

Biomass fuel is made of organic materials including uncontaminated wood waste such as wood chips, shavings, and sawdust.

"We're moving to get ahead of the curve when it comes to greenhouse gas reduction." says Martin Pochurko, Vice-President, Finance & Administration. "It's important that as Canada's most community-engaged University that we are always driving innovation and excellence on our campuses and within the communities we serve."

As a model for practical and affordable sustainability, the CEP is proving to be a cost-effective, long-term and environmentally responsible alternative energy system that will benefit SFU’s Burnaby Campus and the community that surrounds it. “This biomass facility is another example of SFU’s commitment to sustainability, which is a key principle of our strategic vision.” says SFU president Andrew Petter. “In recent years, SFU has taken significant action to decrease our carbon footprint, reduce waste, and implement a range of other sustainability measures."