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2018-19 Vancouver Coastal Health Strategic Energy Management Plan (SEMP)

The environmental sustainability commitment of Vancouver Coastal Health to “act as leaders with respect to environmental stewardship” is accomplished by developing and adopting sustainable best practices within its operations while engaging the healthcare community in a collaborative approach towards sustainability. Energy Management is a key part of this commitment and has been supporting this organizational priority since 2008.
 
By focusing on Energy Management, Vancouver Coastal Health is reducing its exposure to energy cost escalations, demonstrating environmentally responsible development, supporting the public sector emission reduction legislation, and minimizing the environmental impact from healthcare facilities on the health of the populations and patients we are meant to serve. This Strategic Energy Management Plan (SEMP) outlines the initiatives and programs taken and planned going forward.
 
Short Term Targets: To reduce electrical energy consumption by 1.5 gigawatt hours and natural gas energy consumption by 4,360 gigajoules this fiscal year. The project funnel, outlined in Section IV of this document, demonstrates that Vancouver Coastal Health is progressing on both of these targets.
 
Long Term Targets: To reduce the portfolio energy use intensity (EUI) by 15 percent by 2020 and 25 percent by 2030 compared to the 2007 baseline. To reduce absolute GHG emissions by 25 percent by 20202 and 40 percent by 2030 compared to the 2007 baseline. The current portfolio EUI is 561 ekWh/m2/yr representing 10.7 percent reduction and the emissions are 11.8 percent below the 2007 baseline.

 

The Vancouver Coastal Health utility costs in 2017 were $18.7 million with the majority of these costs from electrical consumption (64 percent, $10.5 million) and natural gas consumption (35 percent, $5.6 million).
 
To establish how effective our energy management program is we verify the cost avoidance and determine what the “Business As Usual” (BAU) costs would have been; in other words, without the implementation of energy conservation projects and initiatives. Vancouver Coastal Health has avoided a 13 percent increase in energy consumption due to technical projects while the portfolio has grown by 15 percent in this same period.

 

The estimated cumulative fiscal energy and carbon offset cost avoidance in F18 was $3 million. The total estimated cumulative cost avoidance due to active energy management since 2008 is $16 million. Further details on these cost benefits and health related benefits are outlined in Section III. The budget for the energy program is $2.6 million (green revolving fund, incentives, Carbon Neutral Capital Program).
 
Energy Management Assessment (EMA) Progress
 
Below is a summary of the high-level actions that the Vancouver Coastal Health Energy Management team is supporting to build on the Five EMA critical items: Leadership and Governance - Continued effort to align our work with core focus of the organization considering recent organizational restructuring; Vision and Strategy -Update the energy management program objectives at the institutional level; Targets, Accountability, and Reporting - Build on existing reduction targets and focus effort on rebuilding/ redefining stakeholder relationships; Organizational Integration - Ensure standard operating protocol for new construction or major remodeling projects call for involvement of the energy management; Planning Discipline - Engage capital planning decision-makers to better understand requirements of current project valuation approaches.

 

Find the full report at the following link:

https://bcgreencare.ca/resource/2018-19-vancouver-coastal-health-strategic-energy-management-plan-semp