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Renewable City Action Plan will help protect the climate and lead to cleaner air and lower energy costs

November 3 2017

Downtown Vancouver with cyclists

On November 1, Vancouver City Council approved the Renewable City Action Plan which highlights interim targets, principles and specific actions the City of Vancouver will take over the next ten years to improve energy efficiency and transition to renewable energy in an effort to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels.

Improving energy efficiency with the Renewable City Strategy

In 2015, Vancouver adopted the Renewable City Strategy (RCS) - a 35 year plan to transition to 100% renewable energy and reduce carbon pollution by at least 80% before 2050.

The RCS focuses first and foremost on improving energy efficiency (so we use less energy to begin with) and then transitioning to renewable energy in the two sectors that produce the most carbon pollution: buildings (55 percent) and transportation (41 percent).

The plan highlights 77 actions the City will take over the next 10 years that focus on ensuring our homes and offices are built to require little energy to heat and cool them and improving active transportation, transit, and electric vehicle charging networks throughout Vancouver.

Guiding principles created through consultation

Through consultation with over 2000 people, the Renewable City Action Plan also includes a set of guiding principles that will provide direction to staff as they consider and consult on available options and solutions that ensures the transition to a low carbon future is equitable, provides choice and is cost effective.

As staff undertakes these actions over the next ten years, the City will strive to meet a 50 per cent reduction in carbon pollution and increase the supply of renewable energy in the Vancouver to 55 per cent by 2030.

If we are successful in achieving these interim targets, Vancouver households will save approximately $583 in home and transportation energy costs per year by 2030 and approximately $993 per year by 2050.

Decreased carbon pollution and energy cost savings

Even with the city's population growth over the last 10 years, Vancouver has decreased carbon pollution by 11 percent and saved residents and businesses approximately $38 million in energy costs. 

Building on these successes to achieve the 2030 interim targets will require ambitious and on-going action from all levels of government, utilities, businesses and residents and has the potential to significantly grow our local economy and continue to save our residents and businesses on energy costs.

Learn more about the Renewable City Strategy.