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Milestone year for our Greenest City Action Plan

July 12 2016

"Vancouver is showing that environmental sustainability and economic growth are a powerful combo for success in achieving a diverse, resilient and inclusive economy,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson.

Couple at dusk on False Creek Habitat Island in Vancouver

This morning, we released our fifth Greenest City Action Plan Implementation Update  (8 MB). It highlights significant accomplishments made in the 2015/2016, such as further increases in trips made by walking and biking, and decreases in community and building greenhouse gases.

“Cities are in a key position to lead meaningful action on climate change, and Vancouver is showing that environmental sustainability and economic growth are a powerful combo for success in achieving a diverse, resilient and inclusive economy,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Vancouver is meeting or exceeding many of our Greenest City targets, with excellent momentum going forward. We will continue to aggressively reduce our climate pollution while transitioning to a 100% renewably-powered city by 2050 or sooner.”

Progress made in 2015/2016 towards achieving the GCAP goals 

The Greenest City Action Plan (GCAP) is divided into 10 goal areas. Notable progress made in 2015/2016 towards achieving the GCAP goals include:

  • 20% decrease in greenhouse gases (GHGs) from buildings since 2007 –  Target met
  • 27% decrease in vehicle km driven per person since 2007 –   Target met
  • 50% of trips made by bike, walking or transit –  Target met
  • 15% decrease in community greenhouse gases since 2007
  • 23% decrease in solid waste sent to landfill or incinerator since 2008
  • 38% increase in neighbourhood food assets since 2010
  • Nearly 49,000 new trees planted since 2010

In the last year, we have received 10 awards recognizing our climate leadership across the Greenest City target areas.

We have made huge leaps and bounds towards our Greenest City targets and will continue to work with and support residents and businesses across the city to reach our goals. In the meantime, give yourself a pat on the back.

Committing to derive 100% of city energy from renewable resources

With three years remaining until 2020, we are taking strong action towards reducing GHG emissions with the adoption of the Renewable City Strategy last November, committing our city to derive 100% of our energy from renewable sources before 2050.

Part of this strategy includes:

  • Increasing Vancouver’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure
  • Requiring all new building produce zero emissions by 2030

Approved ban on all neonicotinoids pesticides

Council has approved a ban on all neonicotinoids this morning. These types of pesticides make all parts of a plant toxic, thereby making non-target insects such as bumblebees vulnerable to being poisoned as well.

In addition to supporting GCAP, this ban also supports the Healthy City Strategy, ensuring that you have the right to a healthy environment and equitable access to livable environments, in which to thrive.