Policy, Legislation & Programs

Responding to climate change in a timely way is critical. There are various policies and programs that provide direction for taking action so that we can reduce future impacts.

The Legislation page outlines major policy areas where the Province is leading on climate action.

Climate Change Adaptation work focuses on how to prepare B.C. for the unavoidable impacts of a warming planet and changing climate; and GHG Mitigation efforts include putting a price on carbon, demonstrating leadership, and inspiring change beyond our borders.

Together, B.C. climate action programming supports sustainability and resiliency, low-carbon and clean technology and other initiatives that reduce or eliminate fossil fuel emissions or otherwise lower the carbon footprint of British Columbian families, businesses and public services.

Climate Action Plan

As required every two years under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act, the Province releases "Progress to Targets" reports which track B.C.'s performance against the 2008 Climate Action Plan.

2014 Progress to Targets Report

Climate Action in British Columbia: 2014 Progress Report (PDF, 9.3MB) has been released.

The most recent data shows that B.C. has met its 2012 interim GHG target of 6% below 2007 levels. This was accomplished in part from investment in carbon mitigation projects from forest management (e.g. offsets for a carbon neutral public sector), an area not included in the Provincial Inventory Report.

For more background regarding B.C. data and reporting for GHG emissions, please refer to the Data & Reports section.

2012 Progress to Targets Report

2010 Update: Climate Action for the 21st Century

2008 Climate Action Plan

The Climate Action Plan is B.C.’s roadmap to a new, prosperous, green economy for the province. It outlines strategies and initiatives to take B.C. towards meeting the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 33 per cent by 2020. The Climate Action Plan was released in June 2008.

Climate Leadership Plan

2008 Climate Action Plan

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