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Plans for district energy system in Vancouver progress

Plans for a district energy system in Vancouver, Canada, are gaining pace thanks to collaboration between the City of New Westminster and Metro Vancouver Regional District.

The Sapperton District Energy System will provide affordable, low-carbon energy by recovering heat from the sewer system and channelling it through a network of pipes to provide space and water heating for homes and businesses.

Energy will be delivered to new developments around the Sapperton and Braid SkyTrain stations and along East Columbia Street, as well as the Royal Columbian Hospital expansion.

The system will reduce CO2e greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by approximately 8,600 tonnes per year compared to existing, conventional heating sources.

“The Sapperton District Energy project will provide its users with secure and affordable energy to meet future needs while also addressing climate change,” said Mayor Jonathan Coté.

“Sewer heat recovery allows us to tap into a previously unutilised renewable energy source while reducing GHG emissions. We’re pleased to be partnering with Metro Vancouver to move this project forward.”

Metro Vancouver has committed up to $18 million (€13 million) in funding for the district energy system and is actively exploring future opportunities for similar projects in the region.

New Westminster Council recently gave first reading to a new District Energy Bylaw, which will enable the implementation of the Sapperton project. Further funding from other orders of government is being sought to allow the project to proceed.

The City of Fraser Health is also working to confirm the participation of Royal Columbian Hospital as the major user of the new system.




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