Climate Emergency Action Plan

What you need to know

On November 17, 2020, Council approved the Climate Emergency Action Plan. This puts Vancouver on track to reduce our carbon pollution by 50% by 2030, in alignment with the findings of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

Our plan builds on our previous climate plans and focuses on cutting carbon pollution from our biggest local sources - burning fossil fuels in our vehicles (37%) and in our buildings (57%).

This plan means change. It means residents, businesses, and the city are doing our part to transition off fossil fuels. It is designed to make it easier for you to live a carbon-free life. We'll continue to gather public input on the actions as we move forward to make this an effective and equitable climate plan.

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How we move

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Nearly 40% of Vancouver’s carbon pollution comes from burning gasoline and diesel in our vehicles.

We need to move people and goods around Vancouver in a climate-friendly and equitable way. Learn more

How we build and renovate

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Over half of Vancouver’s carbon pollution comes from burning natural gas to heat space and water in our buildings. 

We're working to make sure Vancouver’s buildings are constructed and operated in a climate-friendly, healthy, and resilient way. Learn more

How we capture carbon pollution

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By burning fossil fuels, we have put too much carbon into our atmosphere and it is causing climate change.

We can make a difference by capturing carbon from the air and storing it in forests, kelp beds, and soils. Learn more​​​​​​​

An equitable plan

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We're striving to respond to the climate crisis with ambitious carbon reduction policies and equitable implementation of those policies to make sure our climate actions work for everyone. Learn more

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Climate Emergency 101

Watch this video to learn more about what climate change and bold climate action mean for Vancouver.

Our progress to date (411.34 KB)

Find out how we are progressing towards our climate targets in our first annual Climate Emergency Action Plan dashboard (2021).

In depth

Learn more about the initiatives helping us reach our goals and targets.

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We need your ongoing input and action, as we move forward with this bold climate plan. Sign up to stay connected on ways to get involved.

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