City of Surrey
Canada

Population: 508404
Area of jurisdiction: 316.41 km2

Commitments

  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: n/a 20% by 2020 (2009)
Baseline scenario (BAU) GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Fixed-level GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Carbon intensity reduction target: n/a n/a
Renewable energy target: n/a n/a
Energy efficiency target: 10% by 2040 (2007) n/a
Government and Community: CO2(e) targets

Performance

Community GHG Emissions
Total ( n/a ):  0 tCO2e
Government GHG Emissions
Total ( 2013 ):  15,635 tCO2e

Other available GHG inventories: 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Mitigation actions

Modo Car Share Program with Fleet
The City has partnered with modo, a car sharing organization, to offer car sharing services within its Fleet with vehicles also available to the public off hours. Start year  
Sector Transport
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Mobile Inspector Program
The Building Division’s Mobile Inspector Program launched in 2013, helps building inspectors do more work from the road, plan efficient trips, and reduce the number and length of trips made. Start year 2013
Sector Transport
Type  
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Greenways Plan
Greenways are multi-use pathways for pedestrians, cyclists and other non-motorized users. Greenways provide Surrey residents with an opportunity to walk or cycle to destinations within their community and throughout Surrey. Start year 2012
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
File download
Walking Plan
The Walking Plan sets out Surrey's vision for the expansion of walking as a safe and convenient transportation choice for the citizens of and visitors to Surrey. Start year 2011
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
File download
Multi-Unit Residential Ambassador Program
The year-long pilot project focuses on educating and saving residents money while meeting the City’s commitment to sustainability, with the added benefit of creating opportunities for youth employment and skills development. The project will engage residents in 15 multi-family buildings on ways they can increase waste diversion and and conserve water and energy. Start year 2013
Sector  
Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
Status In progress
File download
Cycling Skills Workshops in Schools
The City of Surrey has committed to providing bicycle skills training to every grade 4 and 5 student by 2015. The program, which was offered at 25 schools in 2013, will be expanded to all 100 elementary schools over the coming years. The program will be delivered in classrooms by HUB, a local cycling organization with financial support from the City of Surrey. Start year 2013
Sector Transport
Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
Status In progress
File download
Surrey Yard Waste Collection
Surrey's yard waste collection program has kept this organic material out of the landfill, thereby reducing harmful methane gas. The amount of waste diverted from the landfill has steadily increased (measured against 2006 baseline), and reducing emissions by an average of 2375 tonnes CO2e per year. Start year 2006
Sector Waste
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status  
File download
Community Climate Action Strategy
In 2013, the City completed a Community Climate Action Strategy which includes the Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) to guide reductions in community energy spending and greenhouse gas emissions in areas such as land use, transportation and buildings; and the Climate Adaption Strategy (CAS) which identifies how the City may be vulnerable to climate change impacts and proposes actions to mitigate risk and cost. Together, these two plans reinforce the City’s broader efforts toward establishing Surrey as a prosperous and resilient 21st century urban centre. Start year 2011
Sector  
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
File download
Official Community Plan Update
The Official Community Plan (OCP) is the City's overarching land use policy document. This year's major update has reorganized the OCP around the pillars of sustainability with a major focus on compact, complete communities, sustainable tranportation, energy efficient buildings, district energy infrastructure, and climate adaptation. Start year 2012
Sector  
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
File download
Community Energy and Emissions Plan
The Surrey Community Energy & Emissions Plan (CEEP) tackles the twin challenges of climate change and energy insecurity. It provides long-term direction with a 2040 horizon as well as short-term actionable strategies that support the City’s Sustainability Charter and reinforce diverse core community priorities. The Plan builds on existing City policies and makes recommendations to strengthen climate and energy integration into ongoing municipal activity. The Plan maximizes synergies with a complementary Climate Adaptation Strategy. Start year 2011
Sector  
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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City of Surrey Cycling Plan
In July 2012, a new comprehensive City of Surrey Cycling Plan was approved; it focuses on four key principles: expanding and improving the on- and off-street cycling network; increasing the availability, quality and variety of end-of-trip facilities; keeping the network safe, visible, and in good condition; and promoting safe cycling as a healthy, fun, affordable and sustainable way to travel. The City’s overall investment in cycling infrastructure is now close to 14% of the total transportation budget. Start year 2012
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
File download
Large Item Recycling Pick-Up Program
To encourage recycling of large items that are often dumped illegally on park land, residents can leave up to four large items (e.g. furniture, stoves, washers, dryers, mattresses, and small household goods) at the curbside for pick-up per year. This is a continuing program. Start year 2005
Sector Waste
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
File download
Surrey Reuses
The City partners with the Recycling Council of BC to host SurreyReuses.com, a website where residents and business can sell, trade or give away used or extra items that they would otherwise throw out. The website supports waste reduction and recycling. Start year 2006
Sector Waste
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
File  
Clean Tech Action on Energy
Through incentives and innovative initiatives, the City is creating an environment to encourage and inspire clean tech businesses to take root and grow here in Surrey, with the goal of creating a clean energy hub of clean technology businesses and research. The purpose of the hub would be to catalyze and support the City and the region's transition to a clean energy future. Start year 2010
Sector  
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
File  
Backyard Composting Program
The City subsidizes backyard composters to encouarge residents to compost their yard waste and organics. Start year  
Sector Waste
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
File  
Meeting the Climate Change Challenge (MC3)
The City is participating in a research collaboration between Royal Roads University, the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University that brings together researchers, practitioners and policy-makers from non-governmental organizations, provincial ministries to identify emerging best practices and innovations in community climate change responses, develop strategies to share policy innovations, facilitate peer-to-peer learning exchanges, and stimulate the widespread knowledge mobilization needed to move communities beyond the changes required by current legislation and policies. Surrey is a case study for the project and is participating in dialogue and peer exchanges to share and learn best practices and strategies for overcoming obstacles to climate action. Start year 2011
Sector Other Emissions
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
File  
Kwantlen Sustainability Policy Studies Program
The City partners with Kwantlen Polytechnic University on its Sustainability Policy Studies Program. A key aspect of the program is a semester-long course that provides students with critical work experience. This past year students worked with the City of Surrey to complete a project on "Green Economies: What does this mean and how can Surrey build one?" Students provided valuable research to further the city's goals laid out in the Sustainability Charter. In return, students are given a unique opportunity to work on real sustainability projects in Surrey, and be mentored by an expert currently working in the field of sustainability policy Start year 2011
Sector Other Emissions
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
File  
Sustainable Development Checklist
The Sustainable Development Checklist helps residents, builders and developers consider, highlight and develop projects that are in line with sustainable land use and building design. The Checklist provides a consistent 'sustainability-focused' review of development applications and raises awareness in the development industry of the benefits of applying sustainable best management practices. The first phase of the Checklist applies to land development applications. The second stage will apply to building permit applications. Start year 2010
Sector Other Emissions
Type Regulatory
Status In progress
File download
Climate Change Showdown
The City partners with the BC Sustainable Energy Association to deliver Climate Change Showdown workshops to elementary schools across Surrey. The workshops educate students on climate change and energy conservation. After the workshop, students work through a contest with their parents to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. In 2011, 27 workshops were delivered. This is a continuing program that is being offered this year and will be offered in the foreseeable future. Start year 2010
Sector Other Emissions
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
File download
High School Climate Challenge
The City is partnering with Clean Air Champions to offer the High School Climate Challenge program, which provides high school communities with the tools to assess and reduce their school’s carbon footprint and contribute to climate change solutions and sustainable schools. The program is being offered this year and will continue to be offered be in subsequent years for the foreseeable future. Start year 2010
Sector Other Emissions
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
File download
Sustainability Dashboard
The Sustainability Dashboard is an online platform that tracks and shares the City’s progress toward sustainability. The Dashboard's interactive charts and maps help community members and stakeholders gauge progress toward implementation of the targets and indicators set out in Surrey's Sustainability Charter. The indicators were developed in partnership with community members and stakeholders. Start year 2009
Sector Other Emissions
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
File  
Climate Smart Business Training
In 2010, the City partnered with Metro Vancouver and Climate Smart to launch a pilot program engaging 110 small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) and organizations acros the region to develop GHG inventories and reduction strategies. In 2011, the City built on this pilot with a 20-SME program. Climate Smart delievered the training program to Surrey-based businesses and organizations as well as City suppliers and will be tracking their progress. The partnership is active this year and will be in subsequent years for the foreseeable future. Start year 2010
Sector  
Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
Status In progress
File download
EnergyShift Campaign
To raise public awareness of and interest in climate change and energy issues, the City launched ENERGYShift, an integrated framework that catalyzes clean energy and low carbon solutions through community action, corporate operations and clean tech business. The City launched a web portal in 2011 to provide information and updates on related plans, projects and initiatives and uses the ENERGYshift brand in all climate and energy related communications. Start year 2011
Sector Other Emissions
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
File  
Crosswalk Installation Program
The program installs crosswalks in response to citizen suggestions to improve pedestrian safety, and to get people walking in the city, as part of our Walking Plan and Transportation Strategic Plan. The program evaluates whether suggested locations have sufficient usage and are where drivers would expect to stop. It focuses on protecting the highly vulnerable and young children close to schools. The program is being offered this year and will be offered in the foreseeable future. Start year  
Sector Transport
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
File  
Traffic Calming Program
The City’s traffic calming program is designed to allow vehicles to travel at speeds that are appropriate based on the speed limit on local roads. Citizens can request an evaluation of their lane, school zone, or local residential road to assess opportunities for and implement traffic calming measures. The program is being run this year and will be offered in the foreseeable future. Start year 2004
Sector Transport
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
File  
Rapid Transit Study
TransLink and the Province of B.C. are leading the Surrey Rapid Transit Study in partnership with Metro Vancouver, the City of Surrey and the City of Langley. Rapid transit planning is critical to reducing transportation-related emissions as Surrey continues to grow. In 2010, using feedback from stakeholders and technical analysis, TransLink and the City of Surrey identified 10 alternatives for future rapid transit expansion for Surrey and surrounding communities. In 2011, the public was consulted on the design assumptions of the 10 alternatives and their benefits and impacts. Technical work is nearing completion and results will then be presented to decision makers at TransLink and the Province to select a preferred alternative. The selected alternative will be designed in detail, and potential phasing and a timeline for implementation will be created. Start year 2010
Sector Transport
Type Assessment/Research
Status In progress
File  
Safe and Active Schools Program
The program aims to increase the number of students walking or cycling to school by making their routes safer. There are two parts to the program. The City reviews traffic and pedestrian safety for public and independent elementary and secondary schools in Surrey. The Engineering Department also works with schools each year to find even more ways to increase the number of students walking and cycling to school. The program is being run in 2012 and will continue into the foreseeable future. Start year 2009
Sector Transport
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
File  
Transportation Lecture Program
In partnership with the City Program - Simon Fraser University (SFU), the City of Surrey Engineering Department offers a unique opportunity for citizens, professionals, and stakeholders to learn more about transportation in Surrey, with topics including: Who’s responsible for different types of transportation and their relationship; how transportation is funded, regionally and locally; how we plan new transportation systems and networks; how we operate and manage our roads; and what the relationship is between transportation and land use, in a growing city like Surrey. The Transportation Lecture Program is the first of its kind in BC. Surrey is promoting this initiative as part of our broader engagement with the community and stakeholders. The program is being offered in 2012 and will continue into the foreseeable future. Start year 2010
Sector Transport
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
File  
Employee Sustainable Commuting Program
The move to a new City Hall location will provide an opportunity to encourage employees to consider and adopt alternative modes of transportation. A Sustainable Commuting Program will be implemented in the next several months that will include lunch and learns, one-on-one training, end-of-trip cycling facilities, a switch to paid parking at the new City Hall location, and expansion of the City fleet by partnering with a car-share service. Start year 2012
Sector Transport
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
File  
Employee Commuting Survey
The City conducted a survey on employee commuting, to generate a baseline for commuting patterns and provide information for a transportation demand management program that will encourage staff to use alternative modes of transportation. A second survey of commuting patterns will be conducted after the move to the new City Hall in 2013. Start year 2012
Sector Transport
Type Assessment/Research
Status In progress
File  
Carbon Accounting on Employee Travel Forms
Employee travel forms now integrate a feature that reports on fuel use for all modes of transportation (e.g. plane, car, etc.), for employee education and enhanced fuel consumption reporting. Start year 2012
Sector Transport
Type Organizational/Governance
Status Completed
File  
Enhanced Vehicle Mileage Reporting
The City's vehicle mileage reporting forms now allow individuals to select vehicle type, which will enhance fuel consumption reporting. Start year 2012
Sector Transport
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
File  
Carbon Neutral Strategy
In September 2007 the City of Surrey signed the BC Climate Action Charter (the “Charter”), voluntarily committing to become carbon neutral by 2012 with respect to corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Instead of investing money into buying carbon offsets, the City will invest in locally-based projects that will reduce carbon emissions in Surrey. Start year 2012
Sector  
Type Fiscal/Financial mechanism
Status Completed
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Sustainability Fund
Action 13 in the City's Corporate Emissions Action Plan is to continue to dedicate funds from the provincial Climate Action Rebate Incentive Program (CARIP) to sustainability related activities. The Sustainability Fund was established using CARIP monies that will be used to support community-based projects that will deliver emissions reductions for the City's carbon neutral goal. Potential projects include a homes energy retrofit program and wetland restoration. Start year 2011
Sector Other Emissions
Type Fiscal/Financial mechanism
Status In progress
File  
Workplace Conservation Awareness Program
Action 10 in the City's Corporate Emissions Action Plan is to encourage energy conservation behaviours in the workplace. Twelve City facilities are participating in the Workplace Conservation Awareness Program, a funded BC Hydro program. Activities to date include benchmarking employee's current energy use behaviours and developing a strategic plan for supporting behaviour change. The program builds awareness and capacity for behaviour change among City employees. It will continue to be expanded in coming years. Start year 2010
Sector Other Emissions
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
File  
User-Controlled Lighting Systems and Artificial Turf for Major Sports Fields
The City has implemented user control lighting and artificial turf at a number of outdoor sports fields and will continue to do so as opportunities arise. These activities have resulted in reduced energy consumption, water use and GHG emissions. User control lighting gives citizens that are using sports fields the ability to turn lighting on when the field is in use and off when leaving the field. This provides direct benefits in terms of reduced energy consumption and GHG emissions. In addition, the installation of artificial turf on sports fields has led to reduced maintenance requirements for the City, including less watering, and fewer trucks and equipment needed to maintain fields. Start year 2010
Sector Facilities
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
File  
LED Traffic Lights
Action 8 in the City's Corporate Emissions Action Plan is to evaluate and implement street-lighting alternatives. The City has installed 320 traffic signals equipped with LED signal heads since 2002. Engineering Department has conducted studies on the cost/benefit of implementing LED street lighting and adaptive LED roadway lighting in place of high pressure sodium (HPS) cobra heads. The City is now testing different LED streetlight brands. Start year 2009
Sector Facilities
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
File  
Organics Biofuel Facility
To maximize the benefit derived from curb side organic waste collection (kitchen and yard waste), the City will establish a bio-fuel facility in Surrey to process this waste into a carbon neutral fuel source. The facility will also accept commercial food waste from within the Metro Vancouver area. Diversion of organic waste from landfills will assist the Region in achieving the goal of 70% waste diversion by 2015. Surrey’s organic waste diverted from landfill will also reduce the City’s GHG impact to the environment. This reduction will effectively offset the City’s carbon footprint. A private partner will be chosen to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the facility in a long-term agreement. An open Request for Qualifications process is expected to be released by the City early in 2013, followed by a subsequent invitation to short-listed proponents to participate in a Request for Proposal in the spring of 2013. Start year 2010
Sector Waste
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
File  
City Centre District Energy System Bylaw and Early Adopters Policy
Council adopted the District Energy System Bylaw (No. 17667), which sets new requirements for in-building mechanical systems for development projects and includes an Early Adopters Policy that provides repayable financial aisstance to eligible proponents of residential projects to install hydronic heating and hot systems that are immediately connectable to the district energy system. The bylaw supports the implementation and financial success of the City Centre district energy system. Start year 2012
Sector  
Type Regulatory
Status Completed
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Surrey District Energy Utility
The City established Surrey District Energy, a district energy utility whose purposes is to design, construct and operate a district energy system in the City. The utility operates as a business unit within the Engineering Department, to generate greater synergies with other departments and capitlize on existing staff resources and expertise. The utility will manage district energy systems in Surrey and is part of the City's strategy for transitioning to renewable energy sources and reducing energy consumption. Start year 2011
Sector  
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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City Centre District Energy System and Utility
In 2013, the City Centre District Energy Utility prepared to open the geo-exchange field for the New City Hall, which will also serve the City Centre Library. District Energy system expansion plans are also underway for the King George node – including partnership opportunities with Surrey Memorial Hospital – as well as in the Gateway and Surrey Central nodes. The district energy system is part of the City's strategy for transitioning to renewable energy and reducing energy consumption. Start year 2010
Sector Commercial
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
File download
Semiahmoo Library Green Wall
Action 1 of the City's Corporate Emissions Action Plan is to ensure high energy performance of new facilities. The Semiahmoo Library was built in 2003 and was the City of Surrey’s first LEED Certified building and B.C.’s first LEED Certified library, receiving Silver Certification. It also features the largest outdoor green wall of its kind in North America. The unique design is nearly 3,000 square feet and consists of over 10,000 individual plants representing more than 120 unique species. The green wall is a design feature that helps to lower the library's energy consumption/ Start year 2000
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
File download
Kitchen Organics Waste Collection
The City is contracting BFI Canada to introduce the collection of organic food waste, which will help the City meet its 70 per cent waste diversion objective before 2015. In the future, the organic waste will be delivered to the City’s proposed Organics Biofuel facility, which will process it into fuel to power the waste trucks. Diversion of waste will reduce landfill greenhouse gases. Production of biofuels in the future will assist with transitioning to renewable energy. Start year 2012
Sector Waste
Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
Status Completed
File download
Compressed Natural Gas Waste Collection Vehicles
The City is contracting BFI Canada for residential waste collection. Waste is collected using new state-of-the-art automated Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) trucks, which emit 23% less carbon emissions and 90% less air particulates, compared to traditional diesel trucks. This new program will service Surrey’s entire residential customer base, which includes a population of roughly 483,000, living in 85,500 single-family dwellings and 14,500 multiple unit residential dwellings. Start year 2012
Sector Transport
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
File download
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
The City installed 14 electric vehicle Level 2 charging stations and one DC Fast-Charge station at eight civic locations, as part of a new Metro Vancouver program to establish a network of 75-150 charging stations throughout the region. The charging systems will provide necessary infrastructure to support the growing use of electric vehicles in the community. 11 of the stations will be available to the public, and four will be used for City fleet vehicles. Start year 2012
Sector Transport
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
File download
Alternative Fuel Requirement at New Gas Stations
City Council passed a bylaw that requires all new gas stations to include alternative fuel sources such as a level-three electric vehicle charging station, compressed natural gas, hydrogen or propane. The bylaw is intended to provide the necessary infrastructure to support the growing use of alternative vehicles in the community. Start year 2012
Sector Transport
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
File  
Hydrogen Fueling Stations
Action 6 in the City's Corporate Emissions Action Plan is to establish an alternative vehicle pilot program. The City installed two hydrogen fueling stations, one at its operations works yard and another at PowerTech labs, to fuel is hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Hydrogen is obtained from a local company, as byproduct of their production process, so is relatively clean. Surrey is the only city in Canada to operate a hydrogen fueling station. Start year 2009
Sector Transport
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
File  
Alternative Energy Fleet Vehicles
Action 6 in the CIty's Corporate Emissions Action Plan is to establish an alternative vehicle pilot program. Procurement of alternative energy fleet vehicles is an on-going action. In 2011, the City purchased its first 100% Original Equipment Manufacturing electric vehicle and its first electric vehicle conversion truck. It also acquired four hydrogen fuel trucks, three zero-emissions hydrogen fuel-cell passenger vehicles, and a Compressed Natural Gas refuse collection vehicle Start year 2010
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
File  
E3 Gold Fleet Rating
Action 5 of the City's Corporate Emissions Action Plan is to continue implementation of green fleet management activities. The City achieved a gold rating through the E3 (Energy, Environment and Excellence) Fleet Rating, Canada’s only green fleet rating and certification program for both private and public sector fleets. The City of Surrey is one of four municipal and corporate fleets in the country to receive an E3 Fleet Gold Rating. The rating recognizes the City's reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, an investment in low or no-carbon vehicles and energy efficient technologies, as well as a commitment to staff development and management excellence. Start year 2010
Sector Transport
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
File  
Fleet Vehicle LIfe Cycle Analysis Tool
Action 5 in the City's Corporate Emissions Action Plan is to continue implementation of green fleet management activities. The City is partnering with the School of Mechatronics at the Simon Fraser University to develop a tool that compares low carbon vehicles with conventional gas and diesel vehicles from a triple bottom-line perspective. The tool will enable the City to make fleet purchases in the future that balances environmental performance with economic considerations. Start year 2010
Sector Transport
Type Assessment/Research
Status In progress
File  
Energy Efficient Equipment Replacement
Action 3 in the City's Corporate Emissions Action Plan is to include alternative energy evaluation in replacement, renovation, and maintenance activities. Whenever equipment needs to be replaced, the City uses the opportunity to assess whether alternative energy or innovative technologies can be used and/or purchases the most energy efficient equipment available. In 2011, the aging chillers in City Hall were replaced with high efficiency models, resulting in significant reductions in energy use. Start year 2010
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
File  
Green Fire Hall #14
Action 1 in the City's Corporate Emissions Action Plan is to ensure high energy performance of new facilities. The new fire hall in Grandview incorporates many unique sustainability features, including a solar hot water system, reduced flow water fixtures, and energy saving lighting systems. Start year 2010
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
File  
Energy Monitoring System
Action 4 in the City's Corporate Emissions Action Plan is to develop ongoing energy management activities. The City is currently developing software to collect energy use data from its civic buildings. The current Direct Digital Control systems have the capability to monitor energy use but software is needed to collect and report on the data. As a pilot, the City installed a Pulse Energy monitoring system for electricity and gas metering at Surrey Sports & Leisure Complex. The system established some baseline data prior to the construction of heat recovery systems. After completion of commissioning the new mechanical systems in late 2011, the City will be able to monitor changes in energy consumption in detail to measure the impact of the upgrades and heat recovery. Start year 2010
Sector Buildings
Type Assessment/Research
Status In progress
File  
Energy Retrofits for Civic Facilities
Action 2 in the City's Corporate Emissions Action Plan (CEAP) is to conduct audit and retrofit activities in City facilities. A number of civic facilities have been audited and retrofited, including two indoor pools, the RCMP headquarters, and a sports and leisure complex. The City has currently hired a contractor to conduct audits of all its facilities and will implement all retrofits that have a simple payback of 7 years or less. Start year 2010
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
File  
LEED Gold City Centre Library
Action 1 in the City's Corporate Emissions Action Plan is to ensure high energy performance of new buildings. The new state-of-the-art library at City Centre is certified LEED gold and incorporates a number of green features, including a green roof and design for future integration into the new City Centre district energy grid. Start year 2009
Sector Buildings
Type Regulatory
Status Completed
File download
LEED Gold Certification for New City Hall
Action 1 in the City's Corporate Emissions Action Plan is to ensure high energy performance of new buildings. Surrey is moving its City Hall from South Surrey to City Centre, as part of its commitment to building a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly downtown core. The building is aiming for LEED Gold certification and will include a new City Plaza celebration site capable of accommodating up to 5,000 people. The two projects will act as a catalyst to stimulate further private sector investment and job creation. The new facility also includes a geothermal heating and cooling system. Start year 2010
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
File download
Innovative Energy Reporting & Management System
The City is in the process of implementing a new financial management system that will automatically collect and report on Surrey’s corporate energy use and corporate GHG emissions. The new system has the capacity to generate more efficient and accurate statistics on energy and fuel consumption and spending and supply. Start year 2012
Sector Buildings
Type Organizational/Governance
Status In progress
File  
Solar Community
The City became a Solar Community under the SolarBC Program. This program provides a small grant to communities selected to help City’s contribute to transforming the market for solar hot water (SHW) systems in BC. As part of this work, the City has been investigating the merits of a bylaw to require SHW readiness. The City will also undertake community outreach on SHW, train staff in SHW approvals, and undertake other market transformation initiatives. To lead by example, the City has installed SHW on its Fire Hall and other City buildings. Start year 2010
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
File  
Organics Collection - Pilot Studies
The City piloted two different approaches to organics (food waste) collection to better understand the public acceptance and feasibility of alternative collection programs. The pilots will ultimately inform tendering for waste collection services. By reducing the organic content in waste streams bound for landfills, greenhouse gas emissions associated with waste methane release will be significantly reduced. Start year 2010
Sector Waste
Type Assessment/Research
Status In progress
File download

Adaptation actions

Development Permit Areas
The new (draft) Official Community Plan (OCP) will feature two new Development Permit Areas (DPAs): a Sensitive Ecosystem DPA that will help guide development to: a) more effectively protect and enhance ecosystems in line with Surrey’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy, and b) protect Riparian Areas from development encroachment; and a Hazard Lands DPA intended to direct appropriate development types and forms in those areas at risk from flooding and steep slope hazards. Start year 2012
Sector  
Type Regulatory
Status In progress
File download
Climate Change Floodplain Review
A study is underway to better understand how the City of Surrey’s coastal floodplains may be affected by projected sea level rise and estimated ground subsidence rates. The majority of the city drains either through the Nicomekl or Serpentine Rivers, both tidally influenced. A series of longterm simulations will quantify the combined impact of sea level rise, storm surges and rainfall on low-lying areas. Study outcomes will be used to develop a Climate Adaptation Strategy for these areas. Start year 2011
Sector Terrestrial Ecosystems
Type Assessment/Research
Status Completed
File  
Climate Adaptation Strategy
Surrey has developed a Climate Adaptation Strategy to ensure our long-term resilience and prepare for climate change impacts. The Adaptation Strategy builds on existing policies and initiatives and will help the City anticipate and respond to changes in Flood management and drainage; Infrastructure; Ecosystems and natural areas; Urban trees and landscaping; Human health and safety; and Agriculture and food security. The Climate Adaptation Strategy is one of two complementary plans that form Surrey's Community Climate Action Strategy (CCAS). The strategy was developed with support from ICLEI: Local Governments for Sustainability and follows their five-milestone process: initiate; research; plan; implement; and monitor. Start year 2011
Sector  
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
File download
Crescent Beach Climate Adaptation Strategy Addressing Drainage Concerns
The City prepared a Climate Change Adaptation Study for the Crescent Beach area. Climate change, tidal fluctuations, seasonal groundwater fluctuations, land subsidence, redevelopment and densification, and inadequate and aging drainage infrastructure are impacting area, resulting in poor drainage conditions. Key items in the study included the relationship of tides and groundwater patterns, rate of ocean level rising and also local area subsidence. This study represents the City’s first initiative towards understanding and developing strategies to adapt to climate change. Start year 2008
Sector Terrestrial Ecosystems
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
File  
Sea Level Rise Study
The City is undertaking a comprehensive study on how future climatic conditions will affect sea level rise in Surrey. This work is contributing to the development of the City's Climate Adaptation Plan. Start year 2012
Sector Terrestrial Ecosystems
Type Assessment/Research
Status In progress
File download
Biodiversity Conservation Strategy
The Surrey Biodiversity Conservation Strategy (BCS) will be a policy framework that will clearly establish biodiversity goals and targets and conservation priorities for the City of Surrey. It will contain recommendations for policies and regulatory tools that will be used to manage the City of Surrey’s biodiversity and will result in information that will assist in the development, updating and implementation of the Sustainability Charter and the Climate Adaptation Plan. Start year 2011
Sector Terrestrial Ecosystems
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Sensitive Habitat Inventory Mapping (SHIM)
Sensitive Habitat Inventory Mapping, or SHIM, is an ecosystem-based mapping technique that focuses on the conservation and preservation of aquatic habitats and their riparian areas. SHIM maps watercourses with a Global Positioning System (GPS) unit and marks the location of notable features such as culverts, obstructions, wetlands, vegetation, erosion points, fish sightings, etc. To date, the City has completed SHIM studies in seven of Surrey's watersheds. Work is on-going and will continue into the foreseeable future. Start year 1999
Sector Terrestrial Ecosystems
Type Assessment/Research
Status In progress
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Ecosystem Management Study
The Ecosystem Management Study (EMS) is a science-based study to identify and map the Green Infrastructure Network (GIN) in the City of Surrey. The EMS provides: a mapping inventory of environmental features and ecological assets; a mapping inventory of vegetation types and structures; a delineation of a City-wide GIN into Ecosystem Hugs, Sites and Corridors; a GIN ecosystem valuation of Hugs and Corridos; and management strategies to support the GIN. The EMS provides valuable data for developing the Climate Adaptation Plan and will be instrumental in implementing ecosystem-related adaptation actions. Start year 2011
Sector Terrestrial Ecosystems
Type Assessment/Research
Status Completed
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Tree Canopy Study
This study calculated Surrey’s tree canopy in 2001 and 2009, projected how the tree canopy will change over time if current practices continue, and prepared a set of strategic recommendations for improving the future tree canopy. Recommendations focus on maximizing the benefits of the tree canopy through changes which can practically be achieved within the City. This study provides valuable data for developing the Climate Adaptation Plan and Ecosystem Management Plan. Start year 2010
Sector Terrestrial Ecosystems
Type Assessment/Research
Status Completed
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Integrated Stormwater Management Plans
The City is completing Integrated Stormwater Management Plans (ISMPs) for each watershed in Surrey. An ISMP is intended to balance the land use needs with the natural values and functions of the watershed. When completed and implemented, they will prepare for potential climate change-related drainage and flooding concerns as well as protect or restore riparian and aquatic habitats and maintain or remediate water quality objectives. Start year 2009
Sector Infrastructure
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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