B.C.’s Climate Leadership Plan to cut emissions while growing the economy
On August 22, the BC government unveiled the Climate Leadership Plan, leading to the creation of up to 66,000 jobs over the next ten years, and reducing net annual greenhouse gas emissions by up to 25 million tonnes below current forecasts by 2050, putting B.C. on course to achieve its 2050 target of an 80% reduction in emissions from 2007 levels. The plan’s initial 21 action items include making electric vehicles more affordable and buildings more energy efficient.
In the Transportation field, the plan presents new actions to reduce the impact of transportation, including:
- Increasing the requirements for our Low Carbon Fuel Standard;
- Amending regulations that encourage switching commercial fleets to renewable natural gas;
- Expanding support for zero emission vehicle charging stations in buildings; and
- Expanding the Clean Energy Vehicle program to support new vehicle incentives and infrastructure.
This is in addition to our 10-year transportation plan that will:
- Invest in infrastructure to reduce congestion;
- Create new rapid transit lines; and
- Shift more public transit to low carbon fuels.
In total, this action area is expected to reduce annual emissions by up to 3 million tonnes by 2050.
In March 2016, EMC had submitted its suggestions for the drafting of this plan.