Council supports shift to 100% renewable energy

Vancouver City Council has voted unanimously to support a shift toward the city deriving 100% of its energy from renewable sources, as the City of Vancouver nears the half-way mark of the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan.

The motion from Mayor Gregor Robertson directs staff to report back by autumn with a reasonable timeline on which to meet the comprehensive goal, which the City of Vancouver is now the first North American city to establish.

“Cities around the world must show continued leadership to meet the urgent challenge of climate change, and the most impactful change we can make is a shift toward 100% of our energy being derived from renewable sources,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The future of Vancouver’s economy and livability will depend on our ability to confront and adapt to climate change, and moving toward renewable energy is another way that Vancouver is working to become the greenest city in the world.”

The motion follows last week’s call for a nation-wide shift to renewable energy by more than 70 leading Canadian academics, and action by at least 10 other world-class leading cities such as San Francisco, Sydney, Stockholm, and Copenhagen to adopt targets to shift to 100% Renewable Power and/or go fossil fuel free before 2050.

Council also called for increased advocacy for regional, provincial and national governments to support an international agreement that commits to 100% renewable energy sources. Vancouver is also preparing to host renewable energy leaders from around the world for the 2015 Renewable Cities Global Learning Forum from May 13 to 15.

You can find the full text of the Mayor’s motion here: http://www.former.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20150324/documents/motionb5.pdf