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Climate and Renewables

Our goal: Eliminate Vancouver's dependence on fossil fuels

We are working to transform our city, and reduce the greenhouse gases we emit as a community, through our building energy use, transportation fuel use, and waste generated.

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Our target: Reduce community-based greenhouse gas emissions by 33% from 2007 levels by 2020

Progress we've made so far

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In the short term, our focus will be on the continued expansion of low carbon neighbourhood energy systems and the need for long-term carbon planning.

  • 1.1 - Continue to work with partners to convert two existing steam heat networks to renewable energy.
  • 1.2 - Work with partners to develop four new neighbourhood energy systems.
  • 1.3 - Develop and begin implementing a renewable energy strategy.

To be eligible for the grant, local governments are required to publicly report their plan and progress toward meeting their goals.

Our 2017 report summarizes the actions we took in 2017 and planned for 2018, as well as the final City CARIP emissions inventory for 2017.

As part of our emissions reductions efforts in support of environmental action and the CARIP, we are undertaking the Vancouver Landfill Gas Optimization Project to capture more landfill gas.

Past emissions are periodically revised based on the latest science. For example, in 2014 the Provincial Government updated their guidance to local governments on how methane, which is emitted by waste decomposing in the landll, acts as a greenhouse gas.

Specifically, the global warming potential (GWP), the measure of how much heat a particular greenhouse gas traps in the atmosphere, has been updated. The new Provincial Guidance directs that the GWP of methane be updated from 21 to 25 to align with the guidance released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in its Fourth Assessment Report. Carbon dioxide has a GWP of one.

We publicly report our greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory to the Carbon Disclosure Project for Cities (CDP for Cities) platform. Free registration to CDP is required to view responses.

This metric is maintained by the Sustainability Group within the City Manager’s Office at the City of Vancouver.

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Initiatives that are helping us reach our goal and target

Wild Salmon Caravan - October 7

Join us this Saturday for the Wild Salmon Caravan, a celebration of the spirit of salmon! Come for the parade, performances, drumming, singing & more.

Neighbourhood Energy Strategy

The Neighbourhood Energy Strategy will help develop additional neighbourhood energy systems throughout Vancouver.

Zero Emissions Building Plan

This plan will eliminate emissions from new buildings by 2030 through energy efficiency and renewable energy, and is the next step to advance the Renewable City Strategy.