Local Governments & Climate Action

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.

The province continues to collaborate with local governments in this work, through the Climate Action Charter. To date, 187 local governments – 98% of the total – are signatories to the Charter along with the Province and the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM). Under the Charter, local governments commit to work towards carbon neutral operations, measure community-wide emissions, and create complete compact, energy-efficient communities. 

Provincial policies and programs are helping to support climate action innovation at the community level, including:

  • Legislative requirement for greenhouse gas reduction targets in local government Official Community Plans and Regional Growth Strategies
  • Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP), which returns carbon tax to eligible local governments; participating local governments publish information about their corporate and community-wide sustainability actions each year through CARIP Reports.

Efforts are underway to expand action under the Climate Action Charter and accelerate the transition to compact communities, zero emission buildings, and improved waste diversion. For example, new step codes, which identify actions that go beyond the requirements of the B.C. Building Code, are being developed for voluntary implementation by local governments.

For more information, including a list of communities that have signed the Charter, please visit the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

B.C. Climate Action Toolkit for Local Governments

The B.C. Climate Action Toolkit is a platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration. It provides B.C. communities with the latest news, best practices and practical advice to help them reduce greenhouse gas emissions and implement their Climate Action Charter commitments. To follow stories and news about local climate action, visit the Climate Action Toolkit.

Community Energy & Emissions Inventory

In addition to corporate emissions management, another commitment under the charter is for local governments to measure and report on their community emissions. The Community Energy and Emissions Inventory (CEEI) provides an indicative inventory of energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and supporting indicators at the community level.

Learn more about the Community Energy and Emissions Inventory.