Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.39
Liaison Christine Pinkham
Submission Date March 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

British Columbia Institute of Technology
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.00 / 8.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Gross Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 7,008 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 7,974 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 67.50 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 161.80 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity 417 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 442 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported thermal energy 587 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 597 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Total 8,079.50 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 9,174.80 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine net carbon sinks:
Performance year Baseline year
Third-party verified carbon offsets purchased 8,350 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 9,419 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Institution-catalyzed carbon offsets generated 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon storage from on-site composting 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon storage from non-additional sequestration 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon sold or transferred 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Net carbon sinks 8,350 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 9,419 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the carbon sinks, including vendor, project source, verification program and contract timeframes (as applicable):

Emissions are reduced to net zero through 3rd party verified offsets as per the British Columbia Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act, Greenhouse Gas Emission Control Regulation. Offsets are retired on behalf of BCIT by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy in return for adequate and timely payment of the offset amount. The Climate Investment Branch of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy then procures offsets through an open, fair and competitive process.

The following link demonstrates a subsection of this Act that dictates how offsets need to be 3rd party verified: https://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/lc/statreg/250_2015#division_d1e1684


Adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net GHG emissions 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Performance year Baseline year
Start date Jan. 1, 2019 Jan. 1, 2017
End date Dec. 31, 2019 Dec. 31, 2017

A brief description of when and why the GHG emissions baseline was adopted:

The baseline was adopted based on the most recent complete data available.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site 754 741
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site 7 7
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 21,612 21,651
Full-time equivalent of employees 2,360.90 2,241.83
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 2,394 2,412
Weighted Campus Users 16,379.68 16,302.87

Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
0

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
2,866,084.90 Gross Square Feet

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 312,744.13 Square Feet
Healthcare space 0 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space 29,821.10 Square Feet

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
3,521,394.26 Gross Square Feet

Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions per unit of EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
0 MtCO2e / GSF

A brief description of the institution’s GHG emissions reduction initiatives:

BCIT's GHG emissions largely come from campus buildings. Primary sources of emissions within the building portfolio are heating, hot water, and cooking. Accordingly, these are focus areas for the BCIT Energy Team projects.

Actions taken to reduce emissions:
- Installation of high-efficiency condensing boilers in the NE12 Ironworkers instructional building.
- Retro-commissioning of the NE2 building HVAC system, the largest building by floor area on Burnaby campus, as well as the Royal Oak buildings on the south side of Burnaby campus.
- Installation of a heat-recovery system in the SE8 central compressed air system, allowing year-round use of a modern, efficient, air compressor and re-using recovered heat for domestic hot water production.
- Summer 2019 pilot project, shutting down central heating plant completely.
- Purchase of a Chevrolet Bolt elective vehicle for low-emission staff transportation between campuses and to off-site meetings.
- Creation of a closed-loop wood-waste district energy system that heats woodworking shops with wood waste. See IN-50 for more information.

Plans to continue reducing emissions:
- Construction of a new Health Sciences Centre building is underway and is designed to operate using only hydroelectricity and geo-exchange thermal energy.
- Retro-commissioning of the SW9 building HVAC system to improve energy efficiency.
- Electrification of the NW6 CNC Machining instructional building, eliminating natural gas use for that building.


Website URL where information about the institution's GHG emissions is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Attached is 2018 Carbon Neutral Report which demonstrates that 2017 emission and offset numbers were corrected, as the steam emissions were missed.

Weighted campus users performance year is based on numbers from the 2018-2019 academic year. Weighted campus users baseline year is based on numbers from the 2016-2017 academic year. These are the consecutive 12-month periods that most closely overlaps with the emissions performance periods.

The number of students resident on-site is the number for 2019 the performance year of this credit. The number of students resident on-site in PRE-5 is 377 for the year 2020.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.