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Renewable City Strategy: our future to 2050

Our city has what it takes to successfully get 100% of our energy from renewable sources before 2050. 

  • We already have the lowest greenhouse gas emissions per person of any major North American city.
  • We are economically strong and diverse.
  • We are a city that innovates and already has abundant clean electricity.

Clarification of our position on natural gas

We are not banning the use of natural gas, despite claims to the contrary in a misinformed opinion piece in The Province newspaper. Learn more.

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Our goal: to get 100% of our energy from renewable sources before 2050

Overview video

Imagine a city that supports a thriving economy while improving affordability, and provides residents the opportunity to be healthy and mobile.

Transportation video

Imagine a city with a renewably powered transportation system that supports a thriving economy and healthy mobility options.

Buildings video

Imagine a city where homes and offices are comfortable, cost less to heat and cool, and use only renewable sources of energy.

Strategy in-depth

Why a renewable city

Fossil fuels can no longer be relied upon in the future. Vancouver uses over 59.3 million gigajoules (GJ) of energy a year.

Our role

We will pursue renewable energy in all areas where we both have and don't have control, and accelerate change by being a leader.

Goals and targets

Our ambitious and achievable 35-year Renewable City Strategy targets buildings, transportation, and green economic opportunities.

Documents

Summary (2.63 MB)

A 14-page summary of our Renewable City Strategy and its targets and priorities.

Complete strategy (4.86 MB)

A 62-page document about our strategy to become a city powered entirely by renewable energy before 2050.

Policy details (4.04 MB)

A longer read about our renewable energy commitment and how to shift buildings and transportation to use only renewable energy.

Why a renewable cityOur roleGoals and targets