The west coast Canadian city has signed up 200 local businesses to help it deliver its ambitious climate goals, reports April Streeter
Vancouver is a city where whirling bikes deliver people to their jobs in pretty steel-and-glass, low-emission buildings as fast-changing weather moves across a big sky. It’s a waterfront city whose robust economy isn’t dampened by efforts at environmental sustainability and far-reaching climate action goals.
This Pacific coast Canadian city is always counted amongst the top 10 greenest cities on earth. It won C40’s 2015 Cities Climate Leadership award for its Greenest City Action Plan, and has goals to derive 100% of energy used from renewable sources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050, based on a 2007 baseline.
Vancouver is making good progress toward these goals, says Bryan Buggey, director of strategic initiatives and sector development at the Vancouver Economic Commission. “The local economy is growing faster than any other jurisdiction in Canada; at the same time, its carbon footprint is shrinking. In fact, GHG emissions have gone down by 15% since 2007,” Buggey says. “The leadership resulting from the GCAP and GCAP’s targets have created tremendous brand value for Vancouver – not just for business, but also for talent, innovators, and capital.”
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