People at the Climate Change protest 2019

Help shape Vancouver’s five-year Climate Emergency Action Plan

February 27 2020 –

The City is calling on residents and businesses from across Vancouver to provide input on 19 proposed actions in our Climate Emergency Action Plan aimed at tackling climate change, and aligning our efforts with international recommendations. 

Last September, more than 100,000 people gathered outside Vancouver City Hall and marched downtown in a strike for climate action. Climate strikes continue to take place around the world, organized by young people and bringing millions of concerned citizens together to demand bold climate action.

Growing local and global concern, along with the irrefutable science, are propelling the City forward in developing the Climate Emergency Action Plan to accelerate our actions to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

More than 95% of Vancouver’s carbon pollution comes from burning natural gas to heat our buildings and hot water and from the gas and diesel we burn in our vehicles. The proposed actions focus on specific, impactful ways the City can reduce emissions, as everywhere that we are contributing to climate change, there is a solution. To heat our buildings, we can switch to zero carbon options, such as electric heat pumps and renewable natural gas, and for moving around the city, we can switch to active modes, transit and zero emissions vehicles. 

Get involved

Between now and April 22, there are four ways to get involved, provide input and let City staff know what we need to consider to successfully implement these 19 actions.

The feedback and insights received will help shape the City’s five-year climate plan that will be presented to City Council in October 2020. This plan is being developed in coordination with other City programs, including the Vancouver Plan, which is creating a long-term plan and shared vision of our future directions as a city.

Background 

In 2019, the City committed to a five-fold increase in its efforts to tackle climate change and align local efforts with international recommendations to limit warming to 1.5°C to avoid devastating climate breakdown. To get us there, City Council approved the Climate Emergency Response report that provides the roadmap to accelerate our actions and build on Greenest City achievements. 

Now over 1,200 jurisdictions around the world have declared a climate emergency, signaling the global concern for the climate crisis and urgent need for accelerated, coordinated and innovative action to forge a path forward.

Over the past few months, City staff developed a set of 19 proposed actions to help Vancouver reach the Climate Emergency Response targets approved by City Council in April 2019. Staff will use the feedback gathered during the engagement period to shape the Climate Emergency Action Plan and bring those to Council in October 2020.