Climate Change

B.C. is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 16% below 2007 levels by 2025, 40% by 2030, 60% by 2040 and 80% by 2050.

To do this, we’re taking action to reduce pollution and waste while identifying new technologies and opportunities that will help us meet our longer-term climate goals. We are also preparing for the impacts of a changing climate, so our communities and economy continue to thrive.

CleanBC is our plan for a cleaner, better future with a low-carbon economy that creates opportunities for all.

The CleanBC Roadmap to 2030 expands and speeds up these actions to close the gap to our climate goals and put B.C. on the path to net zero emissions by 2050.

We’re working towards a future where new buildings and vehicles produce no emissions at all; where we use less energy and create less waste; where communities and businesses are ready for a changing climate; and where industries are the cleanest in the world. By finding clean, efficient solutions as we prepare for the climate changes ahead, we will strengthen B.C.’s economy and create opportunities for people across the province.

Climate action and accountability

B.C. is taking action to meet our climate goals, prepare for the impacts of climate change and transition to a net zero future. Learn more about our greenhouse gas emissions targets, the plans, strategies and goals that guide our work, and our progress to date.

Buildings and communities

Through the CleanBC Roadmap to 2030 the Province is raising the standards for new construction, encouraging energy-saving improvements in existing homes, schools and workplaces, and supporting communities in reducing greenhouse gases and preparing for the effects of climate change.

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Clean economy

Around the world, investors are recognizing the need for a faster transition away from fossil fuels and towards clean energy solutions. Through the CleanBC Roadmap to 2030, B.C. is supporting the innovation and technological change needed to meet global demand and establish B.C as a leading exporter of low carbon products and solutions.

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Cleaner industry

Through the CleanBC Roadmap to 2030, the B.C. government is working with industry and others across the province to reduce pollution, improve efficiency and adopt new technologies while staying globally competitive. We're also supporting new opportunities for clean, low-carbon growth that build on B.C.'s clean energy and clean tech advantages.

Transportation

Whether it’s getting the kids to school or getting goods to market, transportation is a big part of daily life.  B.C. is taking action through the CleanBC Roadmap to 2030 to accelerate the move to lower-carbon transportation and prepare our transportation networks for climate impacts.

Climate preparedness and adaptation

Preparing for climate change strengthens our ability to respond to extreme events like wildfires, flooding and heatwaves, as well as more gradual changes like water shortages and sea level rise. B.C.’s Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy helps to protect ecosystems, lower long-term costs and keep people and communities safe.

Provincial public sector organizations

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.

Data and inventories

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.

Local governments

Local governments play a critical role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to a changing climate through their management of buildings, transportation, water, waste and land use.

Get involved

Addressing climate change in British Columbia depends on all of us. Learn more about opportunities to use cleaner fuels, reduce waste, and get involved.