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Feds reducing emissions at the University of Guelph by upgrading the campus heating system

The University of Guelph will see a cumulative reduction of about 62,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions

October 13, 2020  by CM Staff

The Government of Canada supports emissions reduction through the Low Carbon Economy Fund. (Environment and Climate Change Canada)

GUELPH, Ont. — The Government of Canada announced approximately $640,000 from the Low Carbon Economy Fund to support the University of Guelph’s heating system upgrades. This expansion of the campus flue gas heat recovery system will reduce emissions by decreasing the natural gas used for heating the university centre building and improving heat recovery efficiency through the installation of heat pumps.

“The Government of Canada is proud to support innovative projects that reduce emissions and create good jobs,” said Jonathan Wilkinson, minister of Environment and Climate Change, in a prepared statement. “The campus heating system upgrade is a great example of local climate action, which will help Canada meet and exceed its 2030 Paris target, as well as achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.”

Over the lifetime of this project, the University of Guelph will see a cumulative reduction of about 62,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions — equivalent to removing approximately 19,000 passenger cars off the road for one year.

The university will also connect the university centre building with the main campus heating system using low-temperature hot water piping, making use of underutilized capacity to reduce the consumption of natural gas for heating. Heat pumps will also be installed at the central plant, increasing the use of electricity for heating and improving the efficiency of the heat recovery process.

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