Climate leadership

Renewable energy neighbourhood utility system

Goal: Eliminate Vancouver's dependence on fossil fuels

Our dependence on fossil fuels has released enough carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to change the natural balance of the earth's atmosphere. This, in turn, is changing the climate.

If we do not take action, scientists predict we will see serious consequences, such as decreased food production and water shortages.

We have the knowledge, skills, and innovation needed to bring carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas levels back into balance with nature.

Together, we can transform our cities, and enjoy cleaner air, more green space, healthier people... and create new job opportunities at the same time.

Climate leadership targets at a glance

  • Reduce community-based greenhouse gas emissions by 33% from 2007 levels

How we measure success

Indicator Baseline  2013 % change 2020 target
Total tonnes of community CO2e emissions from Vancouver 2,755,000
tCO2e (2007)
2,585,000 tCO2e -6% 1,846,000

Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program report

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.

To be eligible for the grant, local governments are required to publicly report their plan and progress toward meeting their goals.

Our 2014 report summarizes the actions the City took in 2014, and has planned for 2015, as well as the final City CARIP emissions inventory for 2014.

As part of our emissions reductions efforts in support of environmental action and the CARIP, the City is undertaking the Vancouver Landfill Gas Optimization Project to capture more landfill gas.

Current programs that are helping the City reach this target

Neighbourhood Energy Strategy

The Neighbourhood Energy Strategy is a plan to build an environmentally friendly community energy system that provides heat and hot water.

Proposed South Vancouver zero-waste energy centre

The City of Vancouver has submitted a proposal to Metro Vancouver to provide a site for a new non-incineration resource and energy recovery centre in South Vancouver.

Climate change adaptation strategy

Vancouver City Council has adopted a comprehensive climate change adaptation strategy to ensure that Vancouver remains a liveable and resilient city in the face of climate change.

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Last modified: Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:05:35