Richmond’s district energy program wins award

Richmond’s energy initiatives are being recognized for a 12th time after the city received a recent Public Sector Leadership Award.

Given at the International District Energy Association (IDEA) annual conference and trade show, the award recognizes Richmond’s “commitment and vision in advancing deployment of district energy systems in the city” and its use of district energy systems to mitigate climate change.

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“District energy infrastructure is an important component of our community strategy to enhance efficiency and resiliency while cutting greenhouse gas emissions,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release.

Richmond’s district energy utilities, run through Lulu Island Energy Company, serve more than 3,100 strata units and over 400,000 square feet of commercial and non-residential space. More than 2,300 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced through the program, which is equivalent to 710 cars being removed from the road.

“We’re proud of our achievements in using district energy to secure a sustainable and economic energy source for thousands of residents and commercial and institutional users,” Brodie said.

“The many awards we’ve received for these efforts underline Richmond’s vision as an international leader in district energy development.”

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