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Richmond recognized nationally for low-carbon energy system for third time

The city expects 170 city centre residential and commercial properties to be using its utility once completed.
Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie accepted the National Energy Globe award from Helene Perndl, trade relations officer with the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. On the right is Alen Postolka, manager, Lulu Island District Energy.

The City of Richmond received a national award for its expansion of the Lulu Island Energy Company.

This is the third time the city has received the National Energy Globe Award from the Energy Globe Foundation, an Austrian-based non-profit organization, that recognizes projects focusing on energy efficiency, sustainability and the use of renewable energy or emission-free sources in more than 180 countries.

It previously received the 2013 National Energy Globe Award for the Alexandra District Energy Utility first phase, and the 2020 National Energy Globe Award for the Garden City expansion of the Alexandra District Energy Utility.

“The City of Richmond continues to be an international leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the sustainable delivery of environmentally friendly energy,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“Over the next three decades, 70 per cent of our city’s growth will occur in and around the City Centre. This Lulu Island District Energy expansion will not only provide efficient low-carbon energy at competitive rates to residents and businesses in that area, but continue to meet our goals of net zero emissions by 2050.”

Once completed, the City Centre District Energy Centre (CCDEU) will be connected to 170 residential and mixed-use commercial development sites covering 50 million square feet.

The CCDEU is projected to save over one million tonnes of carbon emissions compared to conventional energy systems.

The Energy Globe Award was presented to city council on Monday by Helene Perndl, trade relations officer representing the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber.

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