Ministry of Environment

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.

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Climate Action Secretariat

The scientific evidence for global warming and climate change is now overwhelming, and so is the urgent need for action. The changes already set in motion in the earth’s atmosphere will affect every one of us, and the longer we wait before taking action, the higher the economic, environmental and social costs will be.

The Climate Action Secretariat (CAS) drives change to achieve British Columbia’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets by coordinating climate action activities across Government and with stakeholders. It supports the Minister of Environment.

CAS supports municipal and regional efforts to achieve carbon neutrality, leads international, national and regional initiatives to promote trans-boundary approaches to climate action and works with industry to promote low carbon business opportunities.

In addition to working to reduce GHGs, CAS is helping British Columbia prepare for and adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change. The secretariat works directly with provincial ministries and agencies to help them consider climate change as they protect the health and safety of residents, maintain public infrastructure, manage natural resources and achieve environmental, social and economic sustainability.

To be most effective in its work, CAS works with environmental organizations and the scientific community to promote a better understanding of climate change.

In order to engage British Columbians, CAS provides information and resources through LiveSmart BC to inform dialogue as the province moves toward a shared vision of opportunity and action in our communities, businesses and homes.


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