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Climate and Renewables

Our goal: Eliminate Vancouver's dependence on fossil fuels

We are working to transform our city, and reduce the greenhouse gases we emit as a community, through our building energy use, transportation fuel use, and waste generated.

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Our target: Reduce community-based greenhouse gas emissions by 33% from 2007 levels by 2020

Progress we've made so far

Climate and Renewables Chart
Hover or click on data for more information on performance.
To learn more about this metric, see the 'How We Measure Success' section below.
The numbers presented have been rounded and may not add up precisely to the totals provided.

2015-2020 priority actions

Short-term actions for achieving our goals for 2020.

Our 2015-2016 successes

Recent initiatives that bring us closer to reaching the Climate and Renewables goal.

Committed to 100% renewable energy by 2050

Led the charge for cities at climate talks in Paris

Continued to refine the capture of landfill gas

Get more details about our successes: Read the implementation update for 2015-2016  (8 MB)

Our 2014-2015 successes

Initiatives that brought us closer to reaching the Climate and Renewables goal from 2014 to 2015.

Continued expansion in district energy networks

Improved landfill gas capture

Intervened on Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project

Get more details about our successes: Read the implementation update for 2014-2015  (2 MB)

Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) reports

The Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) offsets the carbon tax paid by local governments who have committed to becoming carbon neutral in their corporate operations by 2012 under the BC Climate Action Charter.

How we measure success

The metrics for Climate and Renewables rely on:

  • Community-wide consumption data from electricity and natural gas utilities
  • Regional transportation models and fuel sales data
  • Landfill gas generation models and city and regional waste collection data

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Initiatives that are helping us reach our goal and target

Neighbourhood Energy Strategy

The Neighbourhood Energy Strategy will help develop additional neighbourhood energy systems throughout Vancouver.

Zero Emissions Building Plan

This plan will eliminate emissions from new buildings by 2030 through energy efficiency and renewable energy, and is the next step to advance the Renewable City Strategy.