B.C. climate plan highlights actions to meet emission reduction targets

Natalia Cuevas-Huaico / December 5, 2018

Solar panel installation.
(Pixabay)

British Columbia has introduced it’s awaited CleanBC plan to reduce climate pollution targets and build a low-carbon economy. The plan will be fully funded by the government of British Columbia.

The plan will instill a series of changes aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030, 60 percent by 2040 and 80 percent by 2050.

  • The CleanBC plan has four key focus points

  • Making clean transportation more affordable and available

  • Diverting our waste in efficient ways

  • Building code changes to ensure infrastructure is net-zero energy ready

  • Becoming a new destination for new industries to meet the growing demand for low carbon products

“Every home will be it’s own battery, every home will store it’s own power, every home will have it’s own solar panels, every car will be a part of the grid.” Andrew Weaver, Green Party Leader

BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver says the new plan will position the province for success as the world moves towards low-carbon emission initiatives and clean energy cities.

Weaver says he looks forward to working with the provincial government, business sectors and other stakeholders to put the plan into action.

One environmental group, Sierra Club BC, says the CleanBC plan will not reduce carbon emissions soon enough to meet climatologist’s ideal levels.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has stressed that we only have twelve years to keep warming below 1.5 degrees to ensure climate impacts on health, communities and economies do not worsen.

Sierra Club says the CleanBC plan will move the province in the right direction, but more needs to be done.