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BC Building Electrification Road Map is Launched

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Reducing Emissions in BC’s Building Sector

Date Posted: April 13, 2021
Source: Zero Emissions Building Exchange

Buildings in British Columbia (BC) emit approximately 6.9 million tonnes of GHG emissions on an annual basis. This represents approximately 10.7% of the provinces’ total emissions, and makes the building sector one of the highest sector emitters – exceeded only by road transportation (27.1%) and the oil and gas sector (17.6%). Unlike transportation and oil and gas, the building sector is regulated entirely by provincial and local governments. It therefore represents one of the most straightforward opportunities for a rapid transition to a low- carbon market sector.

Electrification is recognized by all levels of government as a critical strategy for decarbonizing BC’s building sector. The Building Electrification Road Map is a tool through which the necessary set of tactical actions for building electrification have been identified, including the right sequence and steps to ensure that BC’s building sector reaps the benefits of a clear and coordinated market transformation for both the existing building and new construction sectors.

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The Road Map includes an assessment of the current state of BC’s building electrification market and outlines key strategies and actions for advancing electrification in the built environment, and was created through the contributions and collaboration of over 150 stakeholders from across the British Columbia building industry, utilities and all levels of government.

As one of the key stakeholders involved in the creation of the Road Map, ZEBx and Integral Group would like to invite you to join us on April 21st from 9:00 – 10:30am for an interactive, invite-only launch event. We will review key elements of the Road Map, as well as let you know of exciting implementation updates, including new partnerships and projects. The event will also reveal next steps for the BC Building Electrification Coalition, tasked with advising on the electrification aspects of decarbonizing BC’s building sector in pursuit of achieving local and provincial government climate targets.

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to its development and encourage you to continue to stay engaged with its implementation!

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