Climate Change

Our CleanBC Plan puts our province on the path to a cleaner, better future with a low-carbon economy that creates opportunities for all.

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.

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

Through CleanBC, the Province works with a range of partners to reduce emissions, create opportunities and manage risks from our changing climate. Learn more about B.C.’s progress and actions.

Buildings and communities

Through CleanBC 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 gasses and preparing for the effects of climate change.

Clean economy

B.C. has the opportunity to reach our emissions reduction goals while building a clean economy that is ready for a net zero emissions future. Around the world, investors and governments are investing trillions into an economic transition that focuses on protecting the environment and building a stronger, more equitable economy.  

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Cleaner industry

Through CleanBC 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. To keep reducing our emissions as our economy and transportation needs grow, B.C. is taking action through CleanBC 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

Communities in British Columbia play a vital role in creating a cleaner, more sustainable and resilient future for our province.