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Vancouver taking 100 per cent renewable leadership to Paris for COP21

November 26 2015 200+ local businesses pledge support for climate action

Vancouver skyline with the Paris Eiffel Tower

The City of Vancouver will join world leaders on November 30 in Paris for the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11).

Mayor Gregor Robertson and the Vancouver delegation will bring Vancouver’s world leading Greenest City Action Plan and Renewable City Strategy to Paris, adding to the action and leadership from cities worldwide.

"Confronting climate change is an urgent imperative for both our environment and economy, and the stakes could not be higher for Vancouver and all Canadians," said Mayor Gregor Robertson.

"Vancouver’s leadership to successfully cut greenhouse gas emissions while leading the country in economic growth continues to be an example for the world, and that action is being further strengthened with Vancouver’s commitment to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050."

"It’s time, however, for world leaders to join cities like Vancouver in rising to this challenge, and we need a bold and comprehensive agreement in Paris to reduce and mitigate climate with every resource available to the global community.”

COP21/CMP11 brings world leaders together to create a binding international agreement on climate change to keep global warming below 2 C relative to pre-industrial levels.

Cities like Vancouver have an important role to play in emission reductions, as they generate 70 per cent of global carbon pollution.

Sign the Climate Pledge

Vancouver’s success to date has been thanks in part to deep engagement from residents and businesses. More than 200 Vancouver companies have now signed on to Vancouver’s Climate Pledge to support stronger action on climate change and shift to 100 per cent renewable energy.

"Just as cities need businesses and the innovation they bring to reach their renewable energy goals, businesses need cities to help them tap into the enormous market potential presented by climate change,"” said Ian McKay, CEO of the Vancouver Economic Commission.

"We’re happy to see that so many businesses in Vancouver are already leveraging this potential, and we’ll be helping them every step of the way as they continue to create green economic growth."

You can join the business community in pledging to reduce your personal impact on the climate.

Make your pledge now

Praise for our Renewable City Strategy

Vancouver already has the lowest greenhouse gas emissions per capita of any major city in North America, and is projected to have the fastest growing economy in Canada over the next three years.

At the Our Cities, Our Climate summit this October, US Secretary of State John Kerry praised Vancouver’s 100 per cent renewable strategy, saying, "Huge wealth can be created even as you make people healthier, reduce the sickness that comes from particulates in the air, and the cancer that comes with it. More and more city leaders are coming to that conclusion…it’s why Vancouver set a goal of obtaining 100 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2050."

Learn about our Renewable City Strategy