Climate change is being felt across B.C. Timely action is critical to protect our communities, health and environment, while laying the foundation for a more prosperous, balanced, and sustainable future.
We’re working toward a future where buildings and new vehicles produce no emissions at all; where we use less energy and create less waste; and where industries are the cleanest in the world. By finding clean, efficient solutions, we will broaden our economy and create opportunities across the province.
B.C. is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 2007 levels by 2050. We are also preparing for the unavoidable impacts of a changing climate while managing risks so our communities and economy continue to thrive.
Together, we can reduce carbon pollution while creating better opportunities for British Columbians.
CleanBC puts our province on a clear path to a cleaner, better future. Our 2018 plan includes significant actions that help us to use energy more efficiently and prevent waste, while making sure the energy we do use is the cleanest possible.
B.C. publishes a provincial greenhouse gas emissions inventory annually. Other GHG inventories include those reported by industrial facilities, carbon neutral PSOs, local governments and community level data.
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.