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City of Richmond wins provincial Climate and Energy Award



September 29, 2017

The City of Richmond's continued commitment to reducing energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has been honoured with a Climate & Energy Action Award from the Community Energy Association. The award, which recognized the Energy Save Richmond Program, was presented to Mayor Malcolm Brodie by George Heyman, provincial Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, at the Union of BC Municipalities convention on September 27th.

"Richmond's community Energy Save Program empowers businesses and residents to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. This program has helped Richmond achieve a six per cent reduction in overall community GHG emissions despite a growing population," said Mayor Brodie.

Energy Save Richmond includes a number of innovative programs that assist businesses and residents in reducing their energy use and costs and in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It is supported by numerous City initiatives including the Building Energy Challenge, the Pre-Rinse Spray Valve Program,  the Richmond Carbon Marketplace, and the Climate Smart Program. Many of the programs offer incentives for participants to work towards energy use reduction. To learn more about these programs visit the Energy Save Richmond website at www.energy.richmond.ca.  Check regularly as new programs are introduced frequently.

Meanwhile, the City has also received recognition as a carbon neutral community for 2016, the third straight year Richmond has achieved this benchmark.  Richmond is achieving carbon neutrality by investing in projects that reduce energy consumption and/or GHG emissions such as recent lighting upgrades at fire halls, LED street lighting projects and building automation upgrades. The City also purchases carbon credits through the Richmond Carbon Market. Completed in accordance with provincially regulated reporting protocols, Richmond can use purchased GHG emissions reduction credits from community projects to offsets its own corporate emissions.  The City completed its first such project this year with Pacific Gateway Hotel who recently completed upgrades to their facility. Richmond is already on target to maintain its carbon neutrality status through at least 2018.

Since 2008 the City has saved over 58 gigawatts of energy - equal to the consumption of 1,400 Richmond single family homes per year. In the same period, the City has avoided about $3 million in energy costs and over, 8,000 tonnes of GHGs, equal to emissions from 2,500 cars.

Richmond has been recognized as a world leader in energy reduction and conservation. It has won numerous international, national and provincial awards for its significant reductions in energy use, which reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate or reduce costs to taxpayers.

The Community Energy Association organizes the Climate & Energy Action Awards annually in partnership with the Province of B.C., Union of BC Municipalities, BC Hydro, FortisBC, and the Real Estate Foundation of BC. Richmond won in the Community Planning and Development category.

"Local governments across B.C. are leading the way in the fight against climate change and our government is committed to helping them in this fight and showing real climate leadership at a provincial level," said Minister Heyman. "These awards highlight the many innovative actions communities are taking to achieve their greenhouse gas emission targets."

For more information:

Organization:
City of Richmond

Address:
6911 #3 Road
Richmond,, British Columbia
Canada, V6Y 2C1
www.richmond.ca
Tel: (604) 276-4000


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