Climate change is being felt in B.C. and around the world, affecting almost every aspect of our lives.
Building on the work we began in 2007, British Columbia recently launched the 2016 Climate Leadership Plan, renewing our commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 2007 levels by 2050.
Together, we can continue making steady progress to a low-carbon future that protects our ecosystems and quality of life.
Responding to climate change in a timely way is critical. British Columbia has already achieved significant milestones and remains committed to transitioning to a clean economy while simultaneously preparing for climate impacts.
B.C. publishes a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory annually. B.C. also publishes greenhouse gas information provided by industrial facilities, and for certain emission types at the community level.
British Columbia is already experiencing the impacts of climate change: average temperatures are increasing, sea levels are rising, and variable and extreme weather is becoming more frequent. Managing these risks now is essential to protect our well-being, improve our prosperity, and lower costs for generations to come.
Our public sector is leading by example. Each year since 2010, B.C. has proudly achieved carbon neutral operations, maintaining a net impact of zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across public sector organizations (PSOs) including health authorities, school districts, universities, colleges, institutes, Crown corporations and government offices.
Industry plays a critical role in B.C.’s transition to a low-carbon future. Many are already reducing their emissions, and companies continue to drive innovation and adopt technology to cut their carbon costs.
There is increasing interest among local governments in B.C. to take action on climate change. Local government leaders recognize that incorporating climate action in planning and development can help protect citizens and infrastructure, while also leading to lower emissions, new economic activity, and improved health and liveability.