The University of Toronto (UofT), Canada’s largest university, is currently the third-largest greenhouse gas emitter in the Ontario public sector. To turn things around, UofT launched Project LEAP (Low Emissions Accelerator Program), a large-scale energy and environmental initiative that will cut its St. Georges Campus net emissions by more than half. This project is funded in part by the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB).
To achieve such an ambitious target, a deep energy retrofit is required at the urban campus in downtown Toronto. In addition to replacing gas-fired boilers with electric units, UofT had to completely rethink energy production, distribution, and consumption, integrating innovative heat recovery and geothermal technologies into its design.
Developed by Ecosystem and its partner to help UofT uncover as many opportunities as possible, the measures – once implemented – will reduce net GHG emissions by 48,738 tons of CO2. Project LEAP clearly establishes a benchmark for decarbonization projects in higher education and is sure to inspire other institutions.
Installation of electric boilers (30 MW)
Installation of high and low-temperature heat recovery heat pumps
Lab ventilation optimization
Demand management control
New thermal energy distribution
Integration of an existing geothermal field