Vancouver to convert district heat system to low-carbon fuel

The city of Vancouver, Canada is to convert its gas-powered steam heat system to use low-carbon fuel sources.

According to the Vancouver Sun newspaper, heat provider Central Heat Distribution’s 1960s-era gas boilers provide district heat to over 200 buildings in downtown Vancouver but are also viewed as the city’s largest greenhouse gas emitters, producing over 70,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Developer Westbank Projects has acquired Central Heat Distribution and plans to convert its steam heat system to fit with the city’s low-carbon district energy programme, which encourages conversion to fuel sources such as wood waste and heat recovery from sewer pipes, freezers, coolers, furnaces and data storage centres.

Vancouver’s 2020 Greenest City Action Plan plan aims to bring the city’s greenhouse gas emissions down to 5% below 1990 levels, despite population growth of over 27% since then.

Westbank’s purchase of Central Heat is good news for the plan, the Vancouver Sun said, as the previous owners were unwilling to invest in new technology.

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