We have a long history of supporting climate action, from the Clouds of Change reports in 1990 to the Community Climate Change Action Plan in 2005 and the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan in 2011, and now the Renewable City Strategy.
Our role is to pursue renewable energy in areas where we have control and advocate and partner with agencies in the areas where we have less control.
Short-term actions that we will implement to support the use of renewable energy.
S.1 - The City will adopt a comprehensive approach to the consideration of climate change as part of its service planning
S.2 - The City will adopt a comprehensive approach to pricing carbon emissions for municipal operations
S.3 - The City will develop a framework to assess how City enabling tools may be used to support the transition to 100% renewable energy
S.4 - The City commits to keep abreast of financing mechanisms available that enable the delivery of renewable energy technology and other green infrastructure
We will have to act on our own operations as well as advocate with all levels of government and the community to achieve our 2050 goals.
We can be the catalyst for change through our own operations, public pilots, and demonstrations. In our operations, we will develop implementation and funding strategies that balance financial, environmental, and social considerations.
We will focus on education and advocacy to support the regulations implemented by other levels of government who have the regulatory authority to enable and/or require the transition to 100% renewable energy.
How we will act and move forward to reach our 100% renewable energy goal in the areas of buildings, transportation, lands under provincial and federal control, and waste.
We will develop, in consultation with key stakeholders, strategies that set clear and attainable goals, timelines, and implementation approaches where we have regulatory authority to enable and/or require the transition to 100% renewable energy; typically in building codes, land use, licensing, and permitting and bylaw enforcement.
While we have little to no control over vehicles, we have a strong influence on travel behaviour through land use and transportation planning, including:
TransLink provide a regional transportation system that supports Metro Vancouver’s Regional Growth Strategy, air quality and greenhouse gas reduction objectives, and the economic development of the region.
Vehicle fuel efficiency and pollution standards for new vehicles are set by the Federal Government.
Large transportation infrastructure (like rail lines and the container and shipping facilities at Port Metro Vancouver) are under federal jurisdiction, and our regulatory authority and ability to influence renewable energy behavior is quite limited.
We are part of a regional waste system managed by Metro Vancouver, under Provincial oversight that combines private and public haulage and disposal.