Case Study: Town of Banff makes Decarbonization Plans
Located within Banff National Park along the Rocky Mountain range in Canada, the town of Banff has a population of 7,847 and an economy driven by tourism. The town included 10 of the facilities within its portfolio in the scope of the program, some of which include a recreation center, maintenance facility, administration building, firehalls, and library. CLEAResult worked with the Municipal Energy Manager (MEM) to incorporate an energy management framework within the town and supported them on identifying and implementing capital and low-cost/no-cost and behavioral opportunities to save energy and emissions.
Banff lacked a dedicated energy manager who could promote energy efficiency and sustainability as well as the presence of an energy management framework. Energy conservation measures had been considered on an ad hoc basis in the past, however, a clear plan about how to achieve savings was missing. CLEAResult helped streamline the town’s energy efficiency work while developing a culture around conservation.
In line with the town’s 2019 Environmental Master Plan, which commits to achieving 30% emissions reduction by 2030 and 80% by 2050 (based on 2016 emission levels), the MEM program helped prioritize energy efficiency work and set the tone to achieve their emissions targets. CLEAResult conducted trainings and provided the necessary tools and resources to implement energy projects. A master energy management plan helped the town work on several projects across multiple facilities. The town plans to continue utilizing the introduced framework to instill technical, organizational, and behavioral changes. Some of the projects implemented include:
- Installing building management systems and controlling HVAC functions
- Optimizing ice thickness and increasing ice slab temperature
- Installing smart plugs, lighting controls, and LED upgrades
- Installing rooftop solar systems and insulating doors, roofs, pipes, etc.