Federal & International Collaboration

Climate change has a global impact. Effective action requires close collaboration between governments across Canada and around the world.

Leading by Example

B.C. is leading by example in carbon pricing, technology and low-carbon energy. We’re modelling our successes for others and exporting our solutions to the world while growing economic opportunities here at home. Encouraging our trading partners to adopt similar policies builds global climate-action momentum and combats potential competitive issues for our businesses and industry.

With the highest broad-based carbon tax in North America, for example, B.C. is providing a world-leading example of a strong climate mitigation tool that helps to build an economy that thrives in a carbon-constrained world.

Governments are also learning from our achievement in becoming the first carbon neutral government in North America.

Working Together

To leverage our experience and to drive further action, B.C. is building new partnerships at home, across the region, and around the world.

Collaboration with Local Governments

  • There is increasing interest among local governments in B.C. to take action on climate change. The Province continues to collaborate with local governments in this work, for example, through the Climate Action Charter. Under the Charter, local government signatories commit to work towards carbon neutral operations, measure community-wide emissions, and create complete, compact, energy-efficient communities.

National Collaboration

  • The new Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change is a cross-country collaboration to grow the economy, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and develop resilience to climate change. Building on the efforts of each provincial and territorial government, it addresses common challenges and establishes shared goals. Core elements of the framework include carbon pricing and clean technology, all focused on helping Canada meet its 2030 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels while growing the economy.

Regional Collaboration

  • The Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC) is a partnership between B.C., Washington, Oregon and California to develop and adopt west coast-focused climate change and energy strategies such as carbon pricing, expanding the use of zero-emission vehicles and low-carbon fuels, increasing the energy efficiency of large buildings, and adaptation. Recent joint actions include the inclusion of leading west coast cities in the PCC through the PCC Cities Agreement, the creation of an International Ocean Acidification Alliance, and exploratory work on tackling short-lived climate pollutants.  
  • The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) was established through a $90 million B.C. government endowment to four of the province’s climate research-intensive universities. This collaboration supports multi-disciplinary innovative approaches to addressing climate change.

International Collaboration

  • As part of Canada’s delegation for United Nations climate negotiations, B.C. engages in discussions on climate issues and demonstrates policy successes. The yearly UN meetings allow countries from around the world to evaluate progress on The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
  • The Under2 Coalition is a diverse group of governments that sets ambitious targets to combat climate change. Central to the Under2 Memorandum of Understanding is an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 to 95 percent below 1990 levels–or to two tonnes CO2e per capita per year–by 2050.
  • Through the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, B.C. partners with the World Bank to share our experience and support other jurisdictions in developing carbon pricing policies.
  • RegionsAdapt is a global commitment to support regional and state/provincial adaptation efforts through collaboration, knowledge exchange and the sharing of best practices.
  • Through the International Zero Emission Vehicle Alliance, governments from North America and Europe work together to increase the global adoption rate of zero-emission vehicles.
  • The States & Regions Alliance brings together sub-national government leaders from around the world to share expertise and experience and influence the international climate dialogue.
  • The International Carbon Action Partnership is an international forum on emissions trading systems aimed at creating a well-functioning global carbon market.
  • The Western Climate Initiative is a non-profit corporation that provides administrative and technical services to support the implementation of state and provincial greenhouse gas emissions trading programs.
  • B.C. & Guangdong - Memorandum of Understanding on Climate Change and Low Carbon Development is a collaborative framework for co-operation between British Columbia and Guandong, China in addressing climate change.