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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.

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The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

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