Climate Action Plan 2020

UBC developed the Climate Action Plan 2020 update to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions on the Vancouver Campus.


An update to UBC’s Climate Action Plan for the Vancouver Point Grey Campus was developed with input received through a two-phase consultation process with the university community between May 2015 and June 2016, and presented to the UBC Board of Governors in June 2016. The Plan builds upon the success of the 2010 Climate Action Plan that outlined the significant actions which enabled UBC to realize a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2015, compared to a 2007 baseline, despite an increase in building space and student enrolment. The update outlines a clear 5-year roadmap for UBC to continue this progress toward meeting the approved 2020 GHG reduction target of 67%. To achieve this target, the Plan outlines several policies and actions that include areas such as existing buildings, new buildings, behavior change, UBC-owned fleet, and energy supply.

The update is a two-phased approach. Phase One, which is now complete, commences the implementation of energy demand actions focusing on emissions reductions through behaviour change, UBC-owned vehicles, and buildings. Phase Two will address outstanding technical analysis related to the proposed energy supply options, with final recommendations presented to the Board of Governors in Spring 2017.

To find out more about the Climate Action Plan 2020, click here for the Executive Summary. The link to the full plan and appendices can be found at the bottom of this page.

Public Consultation 

The public consultation process was essential to ensuring the update to UBC’s Climate Action Plan met the campus community’s needs. Public consultation occurred between May 2015 and June 2016 over two phases. Each phase included opportunities for input from the campus community, including students, faculty, staff, campus residents and alumni.

The process was led by Campus and Community Planning, in collaboration with UBC Energy & Water Services. Staff from both groups sat on the project team and sought guidance from a Steering Committee that included representatives from the following:

  • Campus + Community Planning
  • UBC Properties Trust
  • Infrastructure Development
  • Building Operations
  • Energy + Water Services
  • Student Housing and Hospitality Services
  • Risk Management Services
  • UBC Sustainability Initiative
  • Treasury
  • Faculty
  • Alma Mater Society (AMS)
  • Graduate Student Society (GSS)

Phase I – Fall 2015 

In the first phase, the public was offered both online and in-person opportunities to identify issues and opportunities that related to GHG reductions. Key staff, researchers, and external collaborators were engaged in a series of four idea generating workshops that focused on behaviour change, UBC-owned fleet, energy supply options, and energy use in buildings. Proposals were also received from the UBC research community along with ideas from the broader campus community.

The feedback from this phase helped identify the opportunities for GHG reductions, and informed the policy actions presented in Phase II.

The consultation summary of feedback received in this phase is available below:

Phase II – Spring 2016 

In the second phase, after evaluating ideas received in Phase I and completing a technical and feasibility analysis, we consulted the campus community on potential actions and options UBC could pursue as part of the Climate Action Plan.

The consultation summary of feedback received in this phase is available below:

Next Steps 

Actions in 3 of the 4 areas identified in the Climate Action Plan (emissions reductions through behaviour change, UBC-owned vehicles, and buildings) will be implemented by UBC Campus and Community Planning in collaboration with other UBC departments. The project team will undertake further analysis on the final action area, energy supply options, during Fall/Winter 2016 to ensure recommendations are technically and economically feasible.  Final energy supply options recommendations will be presented to the Board of Governors in Spring 2017.

Climate Action Plan Report 

UBC’s climate action vision to 2050 and action plan to meet the 2020 GHG reduction target.

Executive Summary
Climate Action Plan 2020