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Vancouver: a renewable city

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:

Target 1: Derive 100% of the energy used in Vancouver from renewable sources by 2050
Target 2: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% below 2007 levels by 2050


Greenest City is a bold initiative to address Vancouver’s environmental challenges.  Known for being one of the most livable cities in the world, its environmental footprint is still currently three times larger than the Earth can sustain. “The decisions we make every day about how we move around the city, what we buy, and how we deal with our waste means that we currently use far more than our share of the Earth’s resources.” says a Vancouver expert in sustainable development.

For more data about the documents, you can access The Full Renewable City Strategy and Renewable City Strategy Policy Document

Source: Vancouver