The centrepiece of the plan to fight climate change at Université Laval is the reduction of scope 1 and scope 2 GHG emissions arising from university activities. Over the years, a number of initiatives have been implemented, here are some examples:
Between 2006 and 2010, UL optimized its heating plant and added an electric boiler to the heating system, resulting in a 27% reduction in heating-related greenhouse gas emissions.
Défi énergie, held in 2010, was a contest to increase the university community’s awareness of energy efficiency. Participants were asked to do four specific things: Turn off computers and lights when not using them, regulate office thermostats, and pay attention to how much passive energy their devices consume. A total of 1,166 people—629 employees and 537 students—took part in the initiative, generating energy savings estimated at 232,384 kWh, enough to supply 10 homes for a year.
In 2010, a hazardous waste facility featuring a geothermal heating/cooling system was built on campus.
In 2012, the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems of the Adrien-Pouliot building were retrofitted for energy efficiency. Results show a 30% reduction in overall energy use, including an 68% decrease in steam consumption.
The energy design of bulding Ferdinand Vandry earned at Université Laval 's recognition EcoEnergy Natural Resources Canada.
TELUS–Université Laval Stadium
UL’s new sports stadium, TELUS–Université Laval Stadium (PDF, in french only), inaugurated in winter 2012, was built to LEED [Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design] standards. Air conditioning expense is minimal, since the building’s distinctive profile and expansive windows facilitate natural ventilation, and its west-facing site takes advantage of summertime wind patterns. The stadium is also connected to the university’s weather station so that windows can be closed if a storm is detected, for example.
The Colosse, UL’s high-performance computer
The Colosse (PDF, in French only) installed in 2010 on the former site of the particle accelerator in the Alexandre-Vachon building, features a concentric array so heat generated by its servers can be recovered, facilitating cooling. The 600 kilowatts of heat that result are diverted to the campus heating network. This installation is nearly 50% more energy-efficient than a conventional design.
All the energy, economic and social measures of this project has received several honors : the price Energia - Existing Building Institutional Sector (2014) , the price of gold pillar of the Association of Institutional Property Managers (2014) as well as the InfoWorld Green 15.
When planning its high-tech infrastructure, the university ensures that energy-saving technologies are part of the architectural mix. For instance, energy efficiency criteria are taken into account when purchasing servers.
Reduction of scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions
|Reduce 1,800 tons of CO2 equivalent emissions related to heating, compared to 2014-2015 thresholds.|
To achieve this ambitious target, Université Laval’s Service des immeubles (building department) will continue its energy efficiency activities through an approach that combines cost cuts and GHG emission reductions. To do this, the Service des immeubles will put into practice a series of measures, including implementation of energy efficiency measures at the Alphonse-Desjardins, Maurice-Pollack, J.-A.-DeSève and Laurentienne buildings, as part of an energy master plan. A final version of the plan should be tabled in December 2015.
The Service des immeubles also wishes to carry out recommissioning projects for the building mechanics control systems in some buildings. This type of project helps to identify facilities where control systems are less efficient in order to make the necessary adjustments.
Reduction of scope 3 GHG emissions
To encourage the reduction of scope 3 GHG emissions, Université Laval offers a range of services to promote sustainable transportation, including self-service bicycles, walking paths, a guaranteed ride home program, the abonne BUS transit pass, and carpooling, in order to facilitate the use of sustainable modes of transportation for members of the university community.
|By the end of 2018, the University wishes to reduce the proportion of annual parking permits sold per FTS by 8% relative to the 2012-2013 level.|