Community Energy & Emissions Plan (CEEP 2050)

As part of the City’s ongoing efforts to reduce its impact on climate change the City endorsed an updated Community energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP 2050) in 2022. Reducing energy and emissions in Buildings is one of the five key action areas.

The operation of buildings accounted for approximately 53% of total energy use and 43% of total GHG emission in New Westminster in 2016. The CEEP indicated that as the city continues to grow, it is essential that new buildings are constructed to the highest energy efficiency standards and to be able to adapt quickly as new technologies develop and energy standards change. Energy and greenhouse gas emissions modelling to reach the City’s Climate Action goals shows that significant emission reductions can be achieved over the mid- to long-term by accelerating requirements for higher Step Code levels in new construction and requiring that new buildings do not use fossil fuel energy sources. The CEEP recommends that all new buildings meet the highest tier of the BC Energy Step Code and use low-carbon energy systems by 2030.

The CEEP provides a roadmap to approaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The complete CEEP can be reviewed here.