City Energy Efficiency Projects

In 2019, Nanaimo City Council declared a climate emergency and made environmental responsibility a cornerstone of our strategic plan. Since then, the City has continued to undertake energy saving and greenhouse gas emission-reducing projects.

We continue to replace lighting throughout our facilities with LEDs, including the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre Lap Pool and Frank Crane Ice Arena in 2020.

Beban boilers 2019* High-efficiency condensing boilers installed at Beban Park.

With these and previous initiatives implemented, the City of Nanaimo has surpassed our 2020 reduction goals across the board, including surpassing our energy consumption reduction target by 160%, reducing our natural gas consumption by 258% beyond the target, and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 7% beyond the target; currently exceeding our 2030 goals.

REALice technology
* REALice technology at Frank Crane arena

Upcoming initiatives being reviewed include installation of an exhaust air-source heat pump and electric boiler at Beban Park Complex; installation of a water-to-water heat pump for dehumidification and heat recovery at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre; and replacing the standard efficiency natural gas boiler at Oliver Woods Community Centre with an electric boiler.


At the FortisBC Efficiency in Action Awards on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, the City of Nanaimo received the Public Sector - Municipal award for work done in lowering energy use and greenhouse gas emissions at Nanaimo's facilities namely Beban Park Pool, Frank Crane and Cliff McNabb arenas.

Some of the most effective, sustainable choices that the City has put into play at our arenas and pools are quietly reducing our impact on the environment while saving on operating costs. The estimated annual natural gas savings at these facilities is more than 3,800 gigajoules per year, or the equivalent of removing approximately 50 gasoline-powered cars off the road for a year.

Read more about this award here: City's green initiatives place Nanaimo as a top BC energy saver

Read about the City's "Green Communities" designation


Last updated: August 10, 2021

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