Vancouver, British Columbia Climate Protection Action Plans

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Vancouver, Canada

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Type: Policy

Status: Adopted on 3/15/05

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In 2003 Council asked for expert advice from a diverse group of people who were experts on climate change. The group formed the Cool Vancouver Taskforce. Based on recommendations of the Taskforce the City formed climate change goals. The goals became the Corporate Climate Change Action Plans (goals for City operations) and the Community Climate Change Action Plans (goals for community operations). Both the City and community targets exceed the established global targets set out by the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The goals and action plans for reaching the goals were presented to Council and approved on March 15, 2005.

Corporate Goal
For City operations and facilities: To reduce green house gas emissions (GHG's) by 20% from 1990 levels by 2010

Community Goal
For engaging residents: To reduce community green house gas emissions (GHG's) 6% from 1990 levels by 2012

The community plan outlines six overarching priorities:

1. Home renovations for energy efficiency
2. Energy efficient retro-fits for institutional facilities
3. Energy efficient retro-fits for large commercial buildings
4. Bio-diesel fuel blends
5. Efficient driver training and anti-idling
6. Transportation alternatives.

The initiatiaves are expected to result in 229,000 tonnes of emission reductions and bring Vancouver 50 per cent closer to meeting the community goal.

The corporate plan outlines eight overarching priorities:

1. Energy efficient retro-fits for facilities
2. Green design for new and replacement civic buildings
3. Green energy and sustainable dense development
4. Active and public transportation
5. Fuel-efficient fleets and fleet management
6. Energy efficient street/park lighting and traffic control signals
7. Corporate waste reduction and landfill gas utilization
8. Educating people to curb energy demands