As the city grows, we will continue to generate even more pollution. We are working in partnership with businesses, residents, and other levels of government to achieve our clean air target.
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We have excellent air quality, but human health impacts can still occur at current pollutant levels. Now is the time to focus on the pollutants of most concern.
In December 2015 at COP21, British Columbia became the 14th jurisdiction to sign on to the International Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Alliance .
We support this move, which is aligned with our Renewable City Strategy goal of renewably powered transportation.
Zero-emission vehicles in use today:
In April 2015, the Province of BC renewed its incentive for clean-energy vehicles.
The previous incentive program was so well subscribed that the three-year funding was exhausted in just 10 months. In addition to the vehicle incentive, which provides a rebate of up to $6,000, prospective vehicle buyers can also receive up to $3,000 in the provincial Scrap-It program for trading in older vehicles.
The provincial government is also providing up to $4,500, or 75% of installation costs, for electric vehicle charging stations in apartment and condo buildings.
Get more details about our successes: Read the implementation update for 2015-2016 (8 MB)
Initiatives that brought us closer to reaching the Clean Air goal from 2014 to 2015.
We completed a multi-year electric vehicle (EV) installation program, installing 111 stations throughout Vancouver since May 2011. Of these, 76 are available for public use, with another 14 located in multi-unit buildings for resident use. This helps address public concerns about the lack of infrastructure for charging “on the go.”
In 2015, the International Maritime Organization’s new regulations on fuel contaminants and air pollution in the shipping industry came into effect.
Adopted via the federal government, this will reduce sulphur content in marine fuel from 1% to 0.1%, having an instant benefit to local air quality. The 10-fold reduction in sulphur content within coastal North America’s Emission Control Area will have a direct and instant effect on reducing sulphur dioxide in the harbour. Enforcement is in the hands of Transport Canada. Success to-date is unknown, though some noncompliance has been found in US ports.
Get more details about our successes: Read the implementation update for 2014-2015 (2 MB)
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