We will track emissions according to the most stringent international standards.
Our ambitious and achievable 35-year Renewable City Strategy:
Target 1: Derive 100% of the energy used in Vancouver from renewable sources before 2050
Target 2: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% below 2007 levels before 2050
How we will reach our goals and targets
To reach our goals and targets we will do the following.
Reduce energy use
To reduce energy use, we will advance energy conservation and efficiency programs, which are the most cost-effective way to a renewable energy future.
Examples of how we will reduce energy use
- Increasing building insulation requirements
- Improving our bike network
Increase the use of renewable energy
To increase the use of renewable energy, we will:
- Switch to renewable forms of energy that are already available to us
- Make improvements to our existing infrastructure to use it to its fullest potential
Examples of how we will increase the use of renewable energy
- Expanding the number of buildings connected to the Southeast False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility
- Encourage transit use
Increase the supply of renewable energy
To increase the supply of renewable energy, we will:
- Promote renewable energy technologies
- Build new renewable energy infrastructure
Examples of how we will increase the supply of renewable energy
- Support increasing the amount of rooftop solar power generation
- Promote electric vehicles or biofuel hybrids for transportation
Vancouver's energy use in 2050
The Renewable City Strategy aims to transition Vancouver's energy use to 100% renewable sources by 2050.
What geographical and emissions areas we are focusing on.
The geographic scope of the Renewable City Strategy covers the area within Vancouver city limits, and any facilities owned or operated by us outside those limits.
The Renewable City Strategy:
- Will track emissions in accordance with the most stringent international reporting standards (currently the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories)
- Focus on actions that can be taken to reduce emissions from the direct use of energy like burning gasoline in cars or using natural gas to heat buildings, and we will continue to support reductions in energy use that results from consumption like the energy used to produce food or make the products we buy
Our strategy is to target building energy —primarily in space heating and hot water use — where it can have the largest carbon reduction impact.
To meet our long-term air quality and emissions targets, we will support the shift to renewably powered vehicles.
Global investment in clean energy is expected to be almost three quarters of total global energy investment.