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Council approves two innovative green proposals

November 17 2016 Electric cars and community investment projects presented before Council


Yesterday Council approved two reports presented by staff focused on Vancouver's goal of becoming the world's greenest city by 2020 and the City's commitment to derive all of Vancouver's energy from renewable sources before 2050. A third report on updates to the Green Buildings Policy for Rezonings was referred to the next Council session at the end of November.

Electric Vehicle Ecosystem Strategy

Council approved the adoption of the Electric Vehicle Ecosystem Strategy, which builds on the foundation the City has built over the past 10 years in supporting electric vehicles through infrastructure deployment and other complementary policies.

The strategy aims to create flexible options for charging vehicles as this is integral to achieving the City's goal of 100% renewable transportation before 2050.

Home charging for personal vehicles is the long-term goal of the strategy, with a recognition that it will likely be years before this is available to everyone. In the interim, the provision of neighbourhood-level fast-charging hubs will enable people without home charging to integrate charging seamlessly into their lifestyle.

Council approved a budget of $3 million over five years to support the implementation of the strategy.

View the staff presentation PDF file (4 MB)

Electric vehicles in Vancouver

  • There are over 3,000 electric vehicles in Metro Vancouver. By 2050, we expect about 300,000 electric vehicles to be registered in the city.
  • Electric vehicles in BC emit almost no greenhouse gases because BC's electrical grid is at least 93% renewable. The Province has committed to ensuring the grid is powered by 100% clean energy by 2025. By comparison, fossil-fuelled vehicles contributed to about 41% of Vancouver's greenhouse gas emissions in 2015.
  • Electric vehicle sales in Vancouver are growing steadily, with about 70% growth year-over-year since 2011.
  • The cost of the electricity to fully charge an electric vehicle is less than your morning coffee.

Greenest City Fund 2017-2020

Council also approved the adoption of the revised Greenest City Fund for 2017-2020, which will support citizens and community organizations in implementing sustainability projects within Vancouver.

The Greenest City Fund successfully ran from 2012 to 2015, supporting 573 projects in Vancouver. This model is unique to Canada, as well as North America, in its multidisciplinary approach and recognition of a definition of sustainability that incorporates ecological, social, and economic aspects. During that time, $1 million in funding was provided by the City of Vancouver, with matching funds provided by the Vancouver Foundation.

Moving forward, the Greenest City Fund's new vision will be to support sustainability projects that take place in Vancouver and that will reduce the community's carbon footprint, reduce waste, and enhance the health and resilience of our citizens, community, and natural environment.

The 2017-2020 Greenest City Fund includes annual grant funding of $250,000 which will be awarded through two grant streams:

  1. The Greenest City-Neighbourhood Small Grant
  2. The Greenest City Grant

The Vancouver Foundation will continue to administer Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grant program and match the City of Vancouver's annual contribution of $45,000. The City will administer the remaining $205,000 through a new grant stream, the Greenest City Grant.

View the staff presentation PDF file (3 MB)