Vancouver lays out a strategy and a plan of action for its transition to 100% renewable energy


BC Climate Action Toolkit

Tue, 02/05/2019
In 2015, The City of Vancouver became the first city in North America to set a comprehensive renewable energy target which commits the City to get 100% of the energy used in Vancouver from renewable sources before 2050 and reduce carbon pollution by at least 80% below 2007 levels before 2050. To guide this transition, the City has adopted a strategy and action plan to identify the actions that will make it possible: Renewable City Strategy and Renewable City Action Plan. 

Success Story Snapshot

  • Energy Savings / GHG Reductions: The City anticipates the strategy will lead to a reduction of 1/3 of total energy use over 2014 levels, an equivalent of 21 million GJ energy reduction annually.
  • Business Case: Investment in renewable energy now will result in reduced costs of dealing with more severe impacts later. The City will see long-term cost savings with more efficient use of energy and reduced energy consumption. The strategy will also support investment in infrastructure, innovation and clean technologies through feed-in tariffs and green bonds, carbon tax revenues and other environmental levies.
  • Co-benefits: In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, transitioning to 100% renewable energy will help Vancouver support a more stable and vibrant green economy, support technological innovation, enhance overall quality of life and help residents spend less on energy to keep homes and offices comfortable, and move people around the city, as well as increase collaboration with surrounding municipalities, businesses, non-profit organizations, other levels of government and the public at large.
  • Total project cost: Most of the work required to develop the Renewable Energy strategy and Action Plan was done in-house, primarily by City of Vancouver staff from the Planning, Sustainability, and Engineering departments. The most significant area where external support was needed was for economic modelling, which was less than $50,000 and was cost-shared with BC Hydro. The City financed this research as part of the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) grant, which Vancouver dedicates to sustainability initiatives. More here

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