Energy Action Initiative

Environmental field work at the Port of VancouverOur Energy Action Initiative helps port tenants advance energy conservation. Energy efficient equipment, buildings, and operational practices are good business decisions that reduce costs and exposure to energy pricing.

Whether your business is new to energy management or an experienced leader, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority can work with you to implement energy conservation measures.

How the Energy Action Initiative works

By participating in the Energy Action Initiative, port-based companies are eligible to receive resources and technical expertise from the port authority and financial support from BC Hydro, to implement energy-saving measures, install energy measurement and control strategies, and introduce energy management systems.

Our Industrial Energy Manager will work with tenants to:

  • raise awareness of energy conservation opportunities
  • perform electrical energy assessments to identify opportunities to improve efficiency and reduce costs
  • assist in building a business case for energy conservation measures, such as life cycle cost analysis of a project
  • facilitate electrical energy conservation projects
  • support applications for financial incentives from BC Hydro
  • facilitate information sharing on best practices through meetings and workshops.

To participate in the Energy Action Initiative, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority tenants who are either members of the BC Marine Terminal Operations Association or consume >10 GWh annually, must meet the following criteria:

Program Elements Energy Action Initiative requirements
Energy Management Assessment Conduct a 2 hr Energy Management Assessment workshop with senior managers and operations staff, facilitated by BC Hydro and the port authority’s Industrial Energy Manager, to review energy management practices and identify priorities for future actions.
Strategic Energy Management Plan Prepare a high-level Strategic Energy Management Plan.
Personnel commitment Identify a Terminal Power Champion who is responsible for leading energy conservation initiatives.
Targets Set an energy intensity reduction target, for example kWh per tonne of cargo, GJ per total terminal container moves or kWh per square foot of building.
Monitoring Enter into an energy data sharing agreement with the Port Authority to enable the exchange of monthly energy consumption data and reductions through energy conservation projects on at least an annual basis. Participants can chose to connect to the Port Authority’s Energy Management Information System, which allows real-time energy monitoring, or provide the data manually.

Terminal operators that demonstrate leadership by meeting the above criteria and achieving a reduction in energy intensity are eligible for our Blue Circle Awards.

Other Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Tenants can also participate in the Energy Action Initiative and access BC Hydro incentives if they:

  • Participate in a Vancouver Fraser Port Authority hosed workshop, such as an Environmental Managers Breakfast, Climate Smart training, an Energy Monitoring and Targeting workshop, or a LED Lighting Retrofits workshop.
  • Share monthly energy consumption data on at least an annual basis with the port authority.

Contact information

For more information or to apply to participate in the Energy Action Initiative, please contact Dorota Kwasnik, the port authority’s Industrial Energy Manager, by email or phone at 604.665.9000.