Vancouver’s goal for 2050 is to get 100% of its energy from renewable sources. They have a 35-year ambitious and achievable Renewable City Strategy. “We can accelerate change by being a leader in the use of renewable energy in our operations” say experts from the city of Vancouver.
Achieving the targets in the Greenest City Action Plan will not just involve the work of the government. It will require the cooperation and participation of all of Vancouver’s residents and businesses. But the Council understands that, if they are going to look to residents to lower their energy consumption, and take action toward the Greenest City goals, they must “walk the talk” when it comes to City operations and facilities.
Since Vancouver was founded in 1886, it has grown into a world-class city that now uses over 59 million gigajoules (GJ) of energy a year – that’s enough energy to get to the moon and back 6,500 times – and releases 2.8 million tonnes of CO2 as a result. To improve the standard of living for everyone, they will transform the city by getting 100% of its necessary energy from renewable sources.
The goals and targets of Vancouver:
- Targets: buildings, transportation, and green economic opportunities
- Strategy builds on a number of plans already in place, such as the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan, Transportation 2040, Vancouver Economic Action Strategy, and the Healthy City Strategy