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Renewable transportation

It is important to support the shift to renewably powered vehicles to meet our long-term air quality and emissions targets.

Gas-fueled vehicles accounted for approximately 37% of our total emissions in 2014. Automobiles, while declining in total proportion of journeys, will continue to play an important role in our transportation system for the foreseeable future.

To meet our long-term air quality and emissions targets, we will continue with the direction set out by Transportation 2040, our strategic transportation plan, and shift to renewably powered vehicles.

The transportation system we are aiming for allows for personal freedoms and environmental benefits to coexist, making sure there are many sustainable options to get around that make sense and are comfortable, convenient, safe, and enjoyable.

Imagine a city where the transportation system is efficient, supports a thriving economy while improving affordability, provides citizens the opportunity to be healthy and mobile, and which is powered by renewable energy.

Progress we've made so far

Renewably powered transportation actions

The Renewable City Action Plan contains a schedule of 30 actions related to transportation. The implementation timeframe for these actions are short-term (less than two years), medium-term (two to four years), long-term (over four years), or ongoing. 

  • Foster land-use as a tool to improve transportation consistent.
  • Enhance and accelerate the development of complete streets and green infrastructure. 
  • Enhance the pedestrian network.
  • Enhance cycling infrastructure and encourage more bike trips.
  • Use parking policies to support sustainable transportation choices and efficient use of our street network. 
  • Optimize the road network to manage congestion, improve safety, and prioritize sustainable transportation. 
  • Extend the Millennium Line SkyTrain in a tunnel under Broadway. 
  • Improve frequency, reliability, and capacity across the transit network. 
  • Develop a transit supportive public realm with improved multimodal integration and comfortable waiting areas. 
  • Work with TransLink to draft a plan to transition fossil fuel powered transit vehicles to renewable energy. 
  • Continue to build out the ‘level 2’ public charging network. By the end of 2021, we anticipate adding 40 new charge points throughout Vancouver. 
  • Expand the ‘fast charging’ public network from one station to between 20 and 24 by end of 2021. This will put a ‘fast charger’ within a 10 minute drive of everywhere in Vancouver. 
  • Work with the federal and provincial governments, and BC Hydro to enhance investment into our charging network.
  • Develop a preferential parking policy to encourage the use of zero emissions vehicles.
  • Lead an initiative with various stakeholders and the BC Utilities Commission to streamline regulation in respect of electric vehicle charging to encourage more private investment in charging stations and reduce the need for public sector investment. 
  • Review and update the requirements for electric vehicle charging infrastructure in new buildings in coordination with other governments.
  • Implement an incentive program to help residents in existing multi-unit residential buildings install electric vehicle charging infrastructure. 
  • Monitor response to the implementation of fees at City charging stations to ensure they encourage turnover, while continuing to be competitive relative to gasoline and diesel. 
  • Develop and implement a standardized look and customer interface for the City’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure so that it also serves as an opportunity to promote the network to existing and potential users. 
  • Work with local taxis, carshares, and couriers to help them transition to zero emissions vehicles and fuels. 
  • Transition the planning, operations, and maintenance of the charging network to Engineering Services. 
  • Work with the provincial and federal governments to encourage them to adopt a zero emissions vehicle mandate to ensure an increasing availability of zero emissions vehicles for Vancouver residents and
    businesses to choose from. 
  • Work with the provincial government to encourage them to adopt a stronger Low Carbon Fuel Standard that reduces carbon pollution by 20% by 2030. 
  • Work with the provincial government to explore opportunities through the Low Carbon Fuel Standard to increase investment in infrastructure that improves access to low carbon fuels. 
  • Support increased car-sharing and the uptake of renewably powered vehicles in car-sharing fleets.
  • Advocate for comprehensive regional mobility pricing. 
  • Improve the delivery of commercial freight, goods, and services.
  • Work with fleet operators, such as tour companies, and contractors to transition to renewably powered vehicles. 
  • Support efforts from the Port of Vancouver to reduce carbon pollution from the trucks and ships needed for goods movement. 
  • Assess opportunities to provide private fleets with limited access to the Manitoba and National Works Yards as supply sites for low carbon fuels. 
Green vehicles and renewable fuel options