On April 29, Vancouver City Council approved a roadmap that lays out ambitious local solutions to scale‐up climate action and limit warming to 1.5°C to avoid devastating climate breakdown, in line with recommendations made in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report and the Paris Agreement. Six big moves are identified to dramatically reduce carbon pollution from buildings and transportation and to sequester carbon through conservation efforts. A set of 53 quick‐start actions complement the big moves and allow implementation to begin right away, building on Vancouver’s previous efforts.

Key strategies involve increases in active transportation, especially walking, and transit use; more zero emissions vehicles, space and water heating; reductions in carbon used in construction; and restoring forest and coastal ecosystems.


Vancouver has decreased emissions from buildings, transportation, and solid waste by 19,000 tonnes per year over the past decade. The recommendations by City Council will mean a five‐fold increase of emission reductions to an average of 92,000 tonnes per year to achieve the City’s 2030 target of limiting warming to 1.5°C. The new targets represent a significant acceleration of the timing for the adopted measures to be realized.


The Climate Emergency Response supports the Greenest City Action Plan, the Renewable City Action Plan, and the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, updated in 2018. In 2017, the City worked with BC Hydro and Navius Research to model Vancouver’s energy needs and project household costs, and anticipated savings, related to climate change strategies.


Prepared by: Marta Farevaag, VCPC Chronology Committee
Last Updated: October 31, 2019