Vancouver first major city in North America to approve 100% Renewable Energy Strategy

City Council today approved a new Renewable City Strategy for Vancouver to shift to 100% renewable energy by 2050 or sooner.

“Vancouver creates enormous economic opportunity by shifting to 100% renewable energy and leading the world's cities on climate change,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Today over 30% of the energy used in our city is renewable. With a pragmatic approach to buildings and transportation, we eliminate our reliance on fossil fuels and make Vancouver a cleaner, healthier, and more resilient city."

The 100% Renewable Energy Strategy approved by Council has three strategic approaches:

1. Reduce energy use

2. Increase the use of renewable energy

3. Increase the supply of renewable energy

The City of Vancouver can be the catalyst for change through its own internal operations, by adopting zero emission standards for new City buildings and transitioning the City's vehicle fleet to renewable sources of energy. Some of the other actions the City can take to move towards 100% renewable energy include:

- Establish greenhouse gas intensity limits for new buildings

- Enable the conversion of the downtown and hospital steam systems from natural gas to renewable energy

- Streamline the process for installing rooftop solar panels

- Support increased car-sharing and the uptake of renewably powered vehicles in car-sharing fleets

- Pricing carbon pollution into the decision-making process for municipal operations

To read the full strategy, please visit: http://former.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20151103/documents/rr2.pdf