Climate Action Partners Program

FortisBC’s Climate Action Partners Program offers resources to help local governments, Indigenous communities and other organizations achieve their climate action goals. We also partner with academic institutions, non-profit groups and other organizations working to advance research and climate action initiatives that contribute to BC’s transition to a lower carbon future.

Each of our Climate Action Partners are helping us achieve our 30BY30 target – an ambitious goal of reducing our customers’ greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2030.

Climate Action Partners funding for your organization

We offer funding for organizations to hire their own Senior Energy Specialist (SES), a designated member of the team dedicated to applying FortisBC’s suite of energy solutions to help them achieve their climate action goals – be it within the organization or community. We’re also able to support organizations by providing funding for a specific innovative project or initiative. 

Contact us to learn how we can partner together to help you achieve your climate action goals.

A few examples of what our partners are working on

Our Climate Action Partners evaluate each project individually, and apply FortisBC’s suite of energy solutions to advance those initiatives. Here are some examples of the work our Climate Action Partners are doing.

The City of Kamloops' Senior Energy Specialist set up a home energy assessment pilot project. Selected households received a free home energy assessment and a retrofit plan, which included cost estimates and information on financial incentives.

This initiative was part of a suite of energy efficiency and conservation programs that support homeowners and property managers to decrease their energy and water consumption at no cost.

The City of Surrey’s Senior Energy Specialist analyzed the emission reduction and monetary opportunities of using Renewable Natural Gas, produced by the Surrey Biofuel Facility, in the City’s operations while also investigating new supply opportunities for organic feedstock from agricultural sources.   

We’ve also partnered with Lonsdale Energy Corporation to determine the feasibility of injecting hydrogen into the energy system in the District of North Vancouver.

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary’s Senior Energy Specialist is working to identify opportunities to reduce emissions from transportation, such as reviewing electric vehicle infrastructure and natural gas opportunities for truck fleets.

This includes piloting electric vehicles and organizing an opportunity for staff in Trail to test drive an electric vehicle.

We’re collaborating with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to advance the Port’s readiness for LNG bunkering, to help decrease global emissions in the marine transportation sector. Their Senior Energy Specialist is also exploring opportunities to reduce emissions using natural gas in port trucking activities.

The District of Saanich’s Senior Energy Specialist helped the community take advantage of FortisBC’s rebate program to purchase two REALice system rink de-aerators for its G.R. Pearkes Arena.

Adding these de-aerators to the ice resurfacing system helps remove micro air bubbles and increase heat transfer, reducing natural gas use by up to 70 per cent while also creating a harder, smoother ice surface that requires less maintenance.

BC Climate Action: Getting to 2030 and Beyond webinar

FortisBC, the Pembina Institute and the BC Sustainable Energy Association teamed up on a webinar where we discussed the decade ahead and what it will take to achieve BC’s 2030 climate action goals and FortisBC’s 30BY30 target.

Blog feature: Meet Jay Starnino

Our Climate Action Partners Program helps governments and organizations achieve their climate action goals. We caught up with Jay Starnino, senior energy specialist with Grand Forks, to learn about how his work helps the community.