Climate Action Secretariat
British Columbia is committed to taking action on climate change. As a leading jurisdiction on climate action, the Province has a legislated target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 33% by 2020 and achieve an 80% reduction by 2050 (from 2007 levels). The Climate Action Secretariat works with ministries and other jurisdictions to develop policies to support this goal. Through the suite of LiveSmart BC programs, British Columbians can demonstrate leadership addressing climate change as well.
B.C. within reach of its 2012 interim GHG target
On June 27, 2012 Minister Terry Lake announced the Province's two new reports updating British Columbians about Climate Action in B.C.
Progress to Targets & Provincial GHG Inventory Report
Are you looking to learn about climate change? how it works? what its causes and impacts are?
If so, you should check out ClimateInsights101: learning resources from the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions at UVic.
Carbon Neutral B.C.: A first for North America, 2 years running
B.C.’s public sector is officially carbon neutral (a first for any province or state in North America) for the 2nd year in a row!
This achievement places British Columbia on the leading edge of climate action and growth in the clean energy and clean technology sectors.
To kick-start carbon neutral efforts, B.C. launched a $75 million public sector energy conservation capital fund in 2008. It has funded 247 energy projects in schools, hospitals, colleges, universities and other government buildings across the province. Once complete, those projects are expected to reduce carbon output by 36,500 tonnes, create 500 jobs and save organizations about $12.6 million in annual energy costs...
Climate Action for the 21st Century
B.C. has released its second annual Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report – an important tool in measuring the province’s progress toward reducing greenhouse gases emissions.
Total GHG emissions in British Columbia in 2008 were 68.7 megatonnes, an increase of one per cent over 2007. On a per capita basis, B.C. is one of the lowest GHG emitters in North America.
Read the climate action progress report, Climate Action in the 21st Century, to find out about key initiatives and progress made through 2009 and actions that will be undertaken as government moves closer to its targets.
The provincial government has made a legally binding commitment to reduce GHG emissions by at least 33 per cent by 2020 and 80 per cent by 2050 below the 2007 level.
B.C., Washington State Sign Climate Action Partnerships
Climate change does not recognise borders and boundaries. That is why B.C. partners with other jurisdictions on climate change planning and adaptation.
B.C. and Washington State have been working together since signing a Memorandum of Understanding on Climate Action in 2007. British Columbia signed two new agreements with Washington State in 2011...
PUBLIC SECTOR ENERGY CONSERVATION AGREEMENT
Schools, universities, colleges, hospitals and Crown corporations will receive $25 million in energy retrofit investments to create jobs and cut carbon pollution through the third iteration of PSECA.
CLIMATE ACTION NEWS
Read the latest news releases on provincial government climate action initiatives, and explore the archives to find out how much has been accomplished.
Also visit LiveSmart BC for News and Information...