Recovering heat from our region’s sewers for use in nearby buildings and homes is one method Metro Vancouver is using to meet targets for regional greenhouse gas emission reductions set out in the Climate 2050 Strategic Framework.
Sewage is a large, reliable source of clean energy — there is enough heat in the region’s sewage to provide heat to 700 high rise buildings. Recovering heat doesn’t require using fossil fuels, so it is a low carbon source of energy, and proven technologies exist for recovering the heat.
Heat recovery projects are being designed and implemented at the new North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant (serving residents of the City of North Vancouver) and in New Westminster, serving the newly planned Sapperton District. More projects are on the way!