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Multi-Attribute Valuation of Air Quality Effects: An Application to Local Energy Options

posted on 7:01 PM, July 6, 2016

Project Leader: Lee Failing

Many communities in BC are currently exploring options to develop district energy systems to meet sustainability goals. Some of these options deliver benefits related to cost and greenhouse gas reductions, but may have air quality and other sustainability implications. Stakeholder support for different district energy systems tends to be mixed, the reasons for which are poorly understood. This project has three objectives: to explore stakeholder perceptions and values with respect to air quality; to demonstrate the use of multi-attribute evaluation methods to explore trade-offs among a range of competing objectives (expected to include local air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, aesthetics, cost and energy security, among others); and to help develop a rigorous, transparent and repeatable process for municipalities to incorporate stakeholder values in local energy and air quality decisions. In partnership with the City of Vancouver and BC Hydro, the project engages a multi-stakeholder group in a series of workshops to explore choices among neighbourhood-scale energy options (including biomass, natural gas and heat pumps) in a Lower Mainland context.

Read the final report.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in British Columbia.

Where We Work

We are grateful to live and work on the unceded ancestral territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.

Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

Strategic Priorities

At the Fraser Basin Council, our strategic priorities are to take action on climate change, support healthy watersheds and water resources, and build sustainable and resilient communities.

With our partners, we work on a range of collaborative, multi-sector initiatives, such as those focused on flood management, community wildfire planning, air quality improvement, energy-efficient buildings, green transportation (including the uptake of electric vehicles and expansion of charging infrastructure), watershed planning and youth-driven climate action projects.

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Salmon-Safe BC

Realizing UNDRIP Initiative

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FBC staff work from our Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George offices, and from several other locations.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff or contact our administration office:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350