2019-20 Provincial Health Services Authority Strategic Energy Management Plan (SEMP)
The environmental sustainability commitment of Provincial Health Services Authority is 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, Provincial Health Services Authority 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 projects and initiatives completed up to the end of fiscal year 2018/2019 (F19) and planned going forward, and summarizes performance of key metrics based on complete calendar year data from 2018.
Short Term Targets: To reduce electrical energy consumption by 1.39 gigawatt hours and natural gas energy consumption by 2,300 gigajoules this fiscal year. The planned projects demonstrate that PHSA is on track to achieve both of these targets for F20.
Long Term Targets: Our long term targets are to reduce the portfolio Energy Use Intensity (EUI) by 12% compared to the 2007 baseline by 2020 and 15% by 2030, and to reduce GHG emission by 25% compared to the 2007 baseline by 2020 and by 40% by 20302. Figure 1 was showing an overall downward EUI trend until 2016 when an increase occurred largely due to construction energy associated with the Teck Acute Care Centre (TACC). The downward trend continues after the TACC construction is complete. The core site average EUI is 500 ekWh/m2/yr representing a 17.9% decrease in EUI since 2007, which meets and exceeds our interim target of 10% reduction by 2018.
The Provincial Health Services Authority utility costs in in 2018 were $8,939,106 with the majority of these costs from electrical consumption (72 percent, $6,433,898) and natural gas and fuel oil consumption (19 percent, $1,691,257), with the remainder for water (9 per cent, $813,950).
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. PHSA has avoided an 11 percent increase in energy consumption due to energy projects while the portfolio has grown by 39 percent in this same period.
The total estimated cumulative cost avoidance due to active energy management since 2008 is over $3.69 million.
Energy Management Assessment (EMA) Progress
Below is a summary of the high-level actions that the PHSA 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.