Carleton University’s Energy Master Plan (2021-2026) has a clear vision and objective – to develop a utility strategy for the campus to become carbon neutral by 2050. Building upon the university’s previous energy master plans and the successful results of the initiatives implemented at various levels of the campus, this Energy Master Plan takes a holistic view of developing a strategic approach that will transform the campus’ existing utility infrastructure to a low-carbon system.

The Executive Summary provides for an overview of our progress to date, benchmarking and information on priority areas.

Energy Master Plan 2021-26 – Executive Summary

The master planning process considers and responds to the campus’ existing utility infrastructure conditions, future capital development plan (2016 Campus Master Plan which will be updated in 2021), policies, programs, other strategic plans, and key performance drivers.

The development of this plan was an iterative, collaborative process with key inputs from
the university’s Facilities Management and Planning (FMP) team, as well as professors and researchers. This plan outlines a carbon neutral strategy for the campus, identifies action items in the short and long-term, and provides an implementation framework thatall reinforce performance reporting. This holistic roadmap will support the campus in transforming its utility infrastructure system and provide increased reliability and safety to its operation, to enable the university to continue its academic and research excellence and achieve its carbon reduction goals to becoming a carbon neutral campus by 2050.

Energy Master Plan encompass the following objectives and goals:

1. Reduce Carleton University’s Environmental Footprint:

  • Develop a phased plan to reduce GHG emissions and to meet the Government of Canada reduction targets by 2030 and become a carbon neutral campus by 2050
  • Develop a plan to expand current district energy infrastructure to support flexible campus growth
  • Utilize innovative generation, distribution and delivery technology to increase efficiency and lower our environmental impacts

2. Reduce Utility Operational Costs:

  • Optimize utility operation costs
  • Maximize the net economic benefit to Carleton by looking at renewable energy generation
  • Propose methods for substantial gains in building efficiency and thermal efficiencies within the production and distribution of building heating and cooling loads

3. Increase Reliability and Safety:

  • Increase the system redundancy and resiliency;
  • Mitigate the impact of operational failures and interruptions.

The Executive Summary provides for an overview of our progress to date, benchmarking and information on priority areas. The Full Energy Master Plan expands upon this and provides the comprehensive details that fully depicts a road map for Carleton to become a carbon neutral campus by 2050.

Energy Master Plan 2021-26

The previous Energy Master Plan 2018-21, is available here.

Energy Master Plan 2018-21