About the Neighbourhood District Energy System

The Vision

The University of British Columbia's (UBC) vision is for a complete live, work, learn community that demonstrates UBC’s commitment to sustainable development, and as such, named Corix Utilities as its district energy partner in 2013 from a selection of international and national district energy providers.

In 2010, UBC committed to aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets for the Vancouver academic campus. The Climate Action Plan targets a 33% reduction in GHG emissions by 2015, a 67% reduction by 2020 against a 2007 baseline and the elimination of fossil fuel consumption by 2050.

In 2013, the University Neighbourhoods Association and UBC completed a Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP). This plan was developed in consultation with UBC’s residential community and identified district energy as a key action for achieving the low carbon vision and targets set out in the CEEP.

The Mission

The Neighbourhood District Energy System (NDES) was developed by Corix in consultation with the University of British Columbia (UBC). Corix was chosen through a competitive process based on our established experience, expertise, and track record of successful community partnerships for energy utility systems.

Corix designs, finances, builds, owns, operates, and maintains the district energy system with oversight by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC). The BCUC regulates all energy utilities in BC and approves rate structures and customer billing models to ensure transparency. 

Learn more about the BCUC and the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity granted for the NDES.

Learn about district energy and the future of the Neighbourhood District Energy System at UBC.

Explore the benefits of the Neighbourhood District Energy System.

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